Bonacic: Court Upholds Women's Health And Wellness Act

John J. Bonacic

January 02, 2008

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the United States Supreme Court declined to consider overturning provisions of the landmark Women’s Health and Wellness Act that requires employers to offer osteoporosis exams, prescription contraceptives, and breast and cervical cancer screening in their employees’ health insurance plans.

"The Supreme Court made the right decision," stated Senator Bonacic. "New York women deserve access to the health care services they need."

Senator Bonacic said that he authored the legislation because studies showed that women paid 68% more than men in out-of-pocket expenses for health care, and that the cost of reproductive health services was a primary reason for the discrepancy. "This was blatantly unfair to women," continued Senator Bonacic.

Senator Bonacic said that this is the fourth time the Women’s Health and Wellness Act has been challenged in court and in each instance the court ruled in favor of Bonacic’s legislation. Last year, New York’s highest court ruled 6-0 against discrimination practices that have prevented women from accessing the health care they need and deserve.

"I am pleased with the court's decision," stated Senator Bonacic. "The enactment of this legislation is one of my proudest accomplishments relating to health care services. It ends discrimination against women for having different physical health needs than men do."

Senator Bonacic concluded, "The Women's Health and Wellness Act passed with bipartisan support. It has permitted women enhanced access to health care and ensures that their needs are addressed much more thoroughly. The court's ruling helps our mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters, and as a result improves the lives of entire families."