2018: Celebrating Victories and Fighting for More
Celebrating Victories and Fighting for More
We accomplished a lot this session thanks to you--our incredible volunteers, advocates, and supporters--we couldn't have done it without you. Your calls, emails, testimony, and lobbying made all the difference and why we are celebrating the following wins:
- The passage of H.B. 5210 ensures the 10 Essential Benefits of the Affordable Care Act are protected in state law regardless of what happens in Washington, D.C. These benefits include maternity and newborn care, pediatric care, mental health services, hospitalization, emergency services and preventive services for women with. It also allows health care providers the option of dispensing up to 12 months of birth control to patients without cost sharing or co-pays. Send a message of support to the Governor today and tell him how excited you are that he continues his commitment to protecting and championing women’s health and rights by signing H.B. 5210 into law! http://bit.ly/signhb5210
- The passage and signing into law of S.B. 13 which makes Connecticut the 23rd state to ban shackling during childbirth and making our state one of the first to pass an expansive policy that goes beyond prohibiting shackling. This will also be the first state law in the country that protects the safety and dignity of transgender people who are incarcerated.
- The passage of H.B. 5148 will now permit pregnant women in Connecticut to create and exercise their living will.
- The passage of S.B. 206 which authorizes pregnancy as a qualifying event for special enrollment for health insurance in Access Health CT. This will provide further options to gain health care coverage during pregnancy and take another important step in making maternal health a priority in our state.
- The budget passing and included the restoration of funding for Husky A --saving 13,000 parents with low income from losing their health insurance. One of our fearless volunteers, Sally, has been critical in leading the fight to restore this funding by sharing her personal story as a Husky A parent repeatedly over the past two sessions. Read more about Sally’s efforts and story here.
We proudly stand in solidarity with CT Students for a Dream and celebrate the passage and signing into law of S.B. 4 which will allow undocumented students to access the student generated institutional aid they pay into at all state universities. This was a five year fight led by undocumented youth and we will continue to stand with them in all their campaigns to make CT a more fair and just state for immigrant youth and their families.
While we celebrate our victories, we must keep fighting for the issues that failed to get a vote this session including paid family medical leave, minimum wage increase to $15, fair work week to end on-call scheduling, unlock the vote to eliminate the unfair practice of denying the right to vote to people who are serving terms of parole, and multiple immigration reform policies to further protect immigrants from deportation. As we fight for a more equitable and just society we will continue to keep advocating for the issues that impact our patients and our communities and work with coalition partners promoting racial justice, voting rights, economic equality, and immigrant rights.
These policies are a critical step in doing so and we need lawmakers who make the issues that impact women and families in our state a priority. That is why we need you to continue to support our work so we can keep fighting because we have a lot more work to do.
Thank you for all you do to support Planned Parenthood patients and our communities.