The Arkansas House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee is considering a bill (SB 289) that creates dangerously broad religious exemptions for health care providers, institutions, and payers (insurance and employers), allowing them to deny care based on their beliefs.
This bill opens the door to widespread denial of care and discrimination. We need your help to stop it now!
This bill already passed the Arkansas State Senate, so we must stop it in the House.
Please email the committee members and ask them to OPPOSE SB 289!
This dangerous bill will allow health care providers, hospitals, insurers, and even employers to deny needed services, risking the health and safety of all patients in Arkansas. ”’
Should your boss’s religious beliefs dictate what health care your family can or cannot receive? We say no!
SB 289 will have unpredictable and far-reaching negative consequences, affecting health care such as contraception, end-of-life care, vaccination, pregnancy & reproductive services, counseling & behavioral health, fertility treatment, PrEP & HIV treatment, and many others. This is especially devastating to women, older Americans, LGBTQ people, people living with HIV, people with disabilities, and those living in rural areas.
Please act now — ask Arkansas lawmakers not to put the personal beliefs of hospitals and employers above patients’ health and safety!