New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered the State Department of Financial Services to create regulations to protect access to affordable health care.
The rules make sure insurance companies do not discriminate against New Yorkers with pre-existing conditions or based on age or gender.
The goal of these first-in-the-nation measures is to protect New Yorkers regardless of efforts by the federal government to move away from Obamacare. Analysts say millions could lose their insurance under plans being discussed in Congress.
Cuomo says these regulations will ensure that contraceptive drugs and devices are covered by commercial health insurance policies without co-pays, coinsurance, or deductibles no matter federal action.
The regulations also ensure all medically necessary abortion services are covered by commercial health insurance policies without co-pays, coinsurance, or deductibles.