Guest Blogger Update: Women Need Access to All Methods of Contraception

Last week, the blog featured Tracey Brooks of Family Planning Advocates, who discussed how the implementation of the new Medicaid Pharmacy Benefits policy limited women’s access to contraception.

Tracy also spoke at a press conference this week at the Capitol where advocates and legislators gathered to urge lawmakers and the Governor to reinstate patient protections, such as ‘prescriber prevails’  back into the NYS 2012-2013 budget.

Here is an interview Tracey did after the press conference:

Here is the press release from the Feb. 29 event.

And here’s a list of the legislative members and advocacy groups who particiapted:

Senator Kemp Hannon
Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Peter Rivera
Assemblyman Karim Camara
Families Together in New York State
Family Planning Advocates of New York State
Hispanic Federation
Latino Commission on AIDS
Lupus Foundation of Mid and Northern New York
Medical Society of the State of New York
Mental Health Association for New York State
National Alliance on Mental Illness-New York State
New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services

And Thanks for these groups who have provided continued support:
American Cancer Society
American Lung Association in New York
Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
1 in 9, The Long Island Breast Cancer Action Coalition
NAACP New York State Conference
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Upstate New York Chapter
New York State Osteopathic Medical Society

-Jaime Venditti, 3/2/12