Hey Americans, it's time for a call to action. Normally, I'd wait till I got home from school to post, but this was too important to wait.
The Equity in Presciption Insurance and Contraceptive Coverage Act (EPICC) has been revived in Congress and are now in committees. Officially known as S.1396 and HR.2727 these bills are currently active in the Senate and House of Representatives.
There is NO opposition to these bills at this time. That's right, even the really conservative conservatives are supporting the bill (It was introduced by republican senator Olympia Snowe). But without YOUR help, the bill will die.
Why? Because the public is really apathetic. There is no really strong support for this legislation. People like it, but as a whole, they don't care enough about this issue to bring it forward. Without enough attention from the media and the public, bills have this amazing tendency to just vanish without any fanfare.
So, what's so great about this bill that I'm urging everybody to spread the world and make little a phone call?
EPICC would require insurance companies to guarantee coverage for prescription contraceptives (drugs and devices) under their health plans. After all, these same health plans also cover Viagra for their members.
There is very little reason not to support EPICC. There is a concern about the cost of another mandatory benfit possibly raising insurance premiums, but considering that: enabling women to prevent unwanted pregnancy will cut back on work absenteeism (lost time on doctor visits and maternity leave)
reducing unwanted pregnancies also reduces the number of abortions performed, ensuring that more of the pregnancies sustained are actually planned reduces infant mortality and maternal illness
the end result will mean that in the long run, health costs will be reduced!
yes folks, this is a win-win situation. but it'll only succeed if people can pitch in just a minute.
Americans, call the following number: 202.224.3121 and voice your opinion. Tell them you want EPICC!
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