|CLUW Resolution on Achieving Contraceptive Equity|
Adopted by the CLUW National Convention, October 2001
Recent EEOC and court decisions have drawn attention to the lack of coverage of contraception in the majority of U.S. health care plans.
The most recent court ruling, a U.S. District Court decision issued on June 12, 2001, involved nonunion employees of Bartell Drug Company, where the judge ordered the company to cover contraceptives on the same terms that it covers other drugs and preventive care for employees.
Covering contraception does not raise health care costs and in fact can help reduce absenteeism and other medical costs related to unintended pregnancies.
The added cost to employers for providing contraceptive coverage is $1.43 per month less than 1 percent of the average cost of medical coverage.
When the federal government added contraceptive benefits for its employees, there was no change in insurance cost.
At a time when women represent a growing percentage of union members, this is an issue that can both enhance membership benefits for current members and attract potential members.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that CLUW urge all unions to work quickly and vigorously to secure full contraceptive coverage under their health care plans for union members and their dependents. Specifically we urge union plans to:
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that CLUW work with appropriate entities toward enactment of a national law (as S. 104 proposes) that codifies the EEOC and District Court rulings, making coverage for contraceptives available under health care plans on the same terms that the plan covers other drugs, devices and preventive care for employees.
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that this resolution be forwarded to the AFL-CIO and urge the federation at its upcoming convention to endorse contraceptive equity in union-negotiated health care plans, and inform employers that failure to do so is illegal.