Illinois voters will get to weigh in on birth control.The ballot in November will have a non-binding question asking voters whether they think any health insurance policy written in Illinois should have to cover birth control. Kim Foxx, the board president of Planned Parenthood Illinois, hopes it passes, especially in the wake of the Hobby Lobby decision, which allows employers with a religious objection to side-step the requirement of the Affordable Care Act.
“We hope the referendum gives the women and men of Illinois the voice to say enough! Birth control is basic health care. Let women get the basic health care we need, and stay out of medical decisions we make with our medical providers and our families,” she said.
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Illinois law has required health insurance policies that provide coverage for outpatient services and outpatient prescription drugs or devices to cover birth control since 2004, and the Affordable Care Act supersedes that with a coverage requirement, so the ballot question is really to advise lawmakers whether to keep it that way.
Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill to put this measure on the ballot. The campaign of Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner says Rauner supports the current law requiring coverage for contraception.