Prevention First Act
A bill to expand access to preventive health care services that help reduce unintended pregnancy, reduce the number of abortions, and improve access to women’s health care (S.21) (H.R. 463) This bill includes the following acts: Prevention First Act – Title X Family Planning Services Act of 2007 – Authorizes appropriations for family planning services grants and contracts under the Public Health Service Act (PHSA). Unintended Pregnancy Reduction Act – Amends title XIX (Medicaid) of the Social Security Act to allow States to provide family planning services and supplies to certain individuals not otherwise eligible for Medicaid. Equity in Prescription Insurance and Contraceptive Coverage Act – Amends the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and PHSA to prohibit a group health plan, and a health insurance issuer providing group coverage, from excluding or restricting benefits in any way for prescription contraceptive drugs, devices, and outpatient services if the plan provides benefits for other outpatient prescription drugs, devices, or outpatient services. Amends PHSA to apply those prohibitions to coverage offered in the individual market. Emergency Contraception Education Act – Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop and disseminate information on emergency contraception to the public and to health care providers. Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies Act – Requires hospitals, as a condition of receiving Federal funds, to offer and to provide, upon request, emergency contraception to victims of sexual assault. Preventing Teen Pregnancy Act – Amends PHSA to authorize the Secretary to award grants to public and private entities to establish or expand teenage pregnancy prevention programs. Truth in Contraception Act – Requires that any information concerning the use of a contraceptive provided through specified federally funded education programs be medically accurate and include health benefits and failure rates.
Chief Sponsor: Sen. Harry Reid (NV) plus 29 cosponsors
Chief Sponsor: Rep. Louise McIntosh Slaughter (NY) plus 145 cosponsors