Senate Democrats held a briefing Monday to discuss issues surrounding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and its impact on the Reproductive Parity Act (HB 2148).

Lawmakers and experts in the fields of insurance, health care and reproductive rights held the briefing after the chair of the Senate Health Care Committee denied the RPA a public hearing during the 2014 legislative session.

“It’s time to have a conversation in the Senate,” said Sen. Steve Hobbs, who sponsored the same bill in the Senate. “Coverage for reproductive services will remain unclear if we fail to at the very least have a conversation about the impact the Affordable Care Act will have on RPA.”

Last month, the House of Representatives passed the Reproductive Parity Act for the third straight year. The legislation would ensure that all women in Washington have health insurance coverage that includes the full range of reproductive health care options.

“While a majority of the Senate supports the measure, Majority Leader Rodney Tom and the Senate Republicans continue to prevent a serious discussion with the public,” said Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson.  “Washington voters have said over and over again that choice is a right they support. It’s time to give this issue the consideration it deserves.”