Senate panel OKs birth control question for ballot

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Senate committee has approved a November ballot question asking if Illinois voters think prescription drug coverage plans should include birth control.

Illinois already requires insurance providers that cover prescription drugs to also cover FDA-approved contraceptive drugs for women. Democratic state Sen. Iris Martinez sponsored that legislation, which became law in 2003. She told Senate Executive Committee members Wednesday that the goal of the ballot question is to make the argument stronger in light of the Affordable Care Act.

Republican Sen. Matt Murphy calls it "utterly meaningless" and accused Martinez of election-year politics.

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The bill is HB5755.

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