Kuster Votes To Bolster Women Veteran’s Health Care, Expand Access to Contraceptives
Washington, June 24, 2021
**Kuster was an original co-sponsor of a previous version of this legislation in the 116th congress**
Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) voted in favor of H.R. 239, the Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act, bipartisan legislation to provide women veterans access to the same no-cost contraceptive care as their non-veteran counterparts. This bill would prohibit the Department of Veterans Affairs from requiring payment from a veteran for any contraceptive item that is required to be covered by health insurance plans without a cost-sharing requirement.
“The brave Americans who serve our nation in uniform deserve access to high-quality, comprehensive health care, including contraceptives,” said Rep. Kuster. “Today, I was proud to advance the Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act to grant female veterans the same health care coverage and access to contraceptives that servicewomen and civilian women already have. I will continue working across the aisle to stand up for Granite State veterans and their families."
In Congress, Kuster has worked to improve access to care and support for veterans in New Hampshire and across the country. Earlier this year, she introduced the Military Family Violence Prevention Act. This bipartisan, bicameral bill aims to improve the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Family Advocacy Program (FAP) by ensuring the program is properly resourced, improving coordination of the program on military installations, and increasing education about the program for servicemembers and families in order to quickly intervene and prevent domestic violence and abuse in the military.