SANTA FE — The state House late Monday passed a bill aimed at requiring health insurance companies to improve access to contraception.
The proposal, House Bill 89, sponsored by Rep. Deborah Armstrong, D-Albuquerque, would require insurance companies to cover a supply of six months of contraception at once, among other provisions.
Armstrong said the legislation would help ensure New Mexicans — both men and women — have access to affordable contraception.
Republican lawmakers assailed the proposal, arguing that it would raise the cost of insurance.
The measure passed 40-24 and now heads to the Senate for consideration.