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Women get more health coverage

May 18, 2001
By: Jenny Hoff
State Capital Bureau
Links: HB 762

A bill giving women more health protection passed the Senate almost unanimously and now sits on the Governor's desk. Jenny Hoff has more from Jefferson City.

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Missouri women will have the option of including contraceptives in their health insurance coverage.

The bill also allows women under 65 diagnosed with breast cancer or cervical cancer to receive Medicaid coverage.

Senator Betty Sims says the bill passed because of support from women all over the state.

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Contents: Sims says women from the Catholic coalition and planned parenthood came together to speak in favor of the bill.

Contraceptives coverage does not include abortion-related medication.

The bill also allows women to go directly to an OBGYN instead of going to a private doctor first. From the State Capitol, this is Jenny Hoff...KMOX news.

On the last day of the legislative session, women's health advocates left with smiles on their faces. Jenny Hoff has more from the State Capitol.

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A bill that will make insurance companies pay for female contraceptives passed the Senate and now waits on the Governor's desk.

Representative Joan Barry, who worked on passing the bill, says the bill will give many health benefits to women.

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Contents: Barry says the bill will help women get direct access to an OBGYN, get free screening for breast cancer and more help in preventing osteoperosis.

The bill also allows women under 65 diagnosed with breast cancer or cervical cancer to recieve Medicaid coverage.

From Jefferson City this is Jenny Hoff...KMOX news.


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