Gov. Andrew Cuomo Acts to Protect Women’s Health Coverage
photo: Governor Cuomo on flickr

THERE ARE now Democrats stepping up and sounding off. Several of whom, I believe, are looking to set themselves apart as leaders. Considering where Democrats find themselves today, it’s welcome.

If you saw Senator Elizabeth Warren take on Ms. DeVos, as well as Mr. Price, you likely enjoyed seeing her leadership.

Senator Cory Booker stepped forward and stood out by opposing Senator Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General.

Now Governor Andrew Cuomo, anticipating action by President Trump against women’s self-determination, as well as repeal of ACA, is reportedly announcing a state safety net to protect women.

From the New York Times

Stepping into a period of intense anxiety over the future of the American health care system and reproductive rights, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo plans to announce on Saturday that his administration will require health insurers to cover medically necessary abortions and most forms of contraception at no cost — essentially safeguarding protections currently afforded to women.

[…] Beyond preserving parts of the Affordable Care Act, the state will now also require insurers to cover a three-month supply of contraception the first time a woman obtains it, and then a supply for up to 12 months, at no cost. At the moment, only a one-month supply at a time is typically available. And abortions deemed medically necessary by a doctor will no longer be subject to co-payments or annual deductibles.

“Women deserve to make a fair wage and the same salary as any man, they deserve to work in an office free of sexual harassment, they deserve comprehensive paid family leave and they deserve control over their health and reproductive decisions,” Mr. Cuomo said in a statement.

Hey, it’s a beginning.