In July, Gov. Henry McMaster vetoed legislation to have the state health plan cover the cost of birth control for employees’ dependents. On the first day of legislative session, the House voted 56-44 to override the veto, but this missed the two-thirds vote necessary.
The recent Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network’s #BeTheVoice campaign poll showed that 81 percent of South Carolinians agree that we should increase access to contraception, not allow for more barriers.
When women of all ages have the power to decide if and when to get pregnant, they are more likely to have healthier babies and more stable families. They also have the opportunity to complete their education and improve the financial and employment prospects for themselves and their families.
We have one more opportunity this year to ensure dependents are covered in the state health plan.
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Contact members on the House Ways and Means Committee and ask that contraceptive coverage for dependents be included in the budget for the upcoming year.
State employees are the backbone of our state, and they deserve to have access to contraceptive coverage for everyone in their families.
Dr. Dawn Bingham
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