A Statement from Representative Benson on the Passage of the ACCESS Bill

“Today, the House of Representatives voted to guarantee the women of Massachusetts access to copay-free birth control. Birth control allows women to plan when and if they want to start a family, and is used to treat a number of health conditions that affect women. Nearly 99% of women have used birth control at some point in their lives.

I was an early cosponsor of the ACCESS bill when it was filed in January, but I regret that I was unable to cast my vote for the bill due to my attendance at the Women in Government State Directors and Health Care Summit. I applaud the House’s actions today, and the leadership of Representatives Haddad and Scibak. I plan to formally record my support for the bill with the House Clerk’s office.

Due to the Affordable Care Act, since 2010, 1.4 million women in Massachusetts have gained access to birth control with no out-of-pocket costs. With the Trump Administration’s decision last month to undermine the women’s health provisions of the Act, it is vital that this bill is quickly passed into law to ensure that Massachusetts women continue to have access to affordable and safe birth control.”