The Senate today passed the Mikulski Amendment to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act today by a vote of 61-39. The Mikulsi Amendment, submitted by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), will expand coverage of women’s health care, allowing the government to require insurers to cover preventive care and screenings for women at little or not cost to them. This amendment ensures that basic women’s health care, such as pelvic exams, mammograms, counseling, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and family planning, will be available under all insurance plans with limited or no co-pays.
Following passage of her amendment, Senator Mikulski said, “The Senate approved my amendment today, but with votes on the final legislation ahead, the fight’s not over yet. Women can count on me to keep fighting for them on the Senate floor and all the way to the White House to end punitive insurance company practices that treat simply being a woman as a pre-existing condition.”