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Ore. Governor Signs Bill To Improve Contraceptive Access

Ore. Governor Signs Bill To Improve Contraceptive Access

June 15, 2015 — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) on Thursday signed a bill (HB 3343) requiring insurers to cover a 12-month supply of contraception in a single dispersal, the Huffington Post reports.

The law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2016 (Lachman, Huffington Post, 6/11). The legislation makes Oregon the first state in the U.S. in which insurers must cover one year's worth of contraception in a single batch (Women's Health Policy Report, 6/4).

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Under the new law, women must first obtain a three-month supply of birth control to ensure that they do not experience adverse reactions. They would then be able to fill subsequent prescriptions for 12-month supplies (Kumar, AP/ San Francisco Chronicle, 6/11).

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Mary Nolan, interim executive director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, said "the medical research was very clear that filling a yearlong prescription all at once is a significant contributor to improving the effectiveness of birth control" (Huffington Post, 6/11). PPAO has noted that providing birth control in a 12-month supply, compared with 30- or 90-day supplies, is linked to a 30% reduction in the risk of unintended pregnancy (Women's Health Policy Report, 6/4).

Nolan added that lawmakers in California, New York and Washington state are interested in the proposal. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Nash, senior state issues associate at the Guttmacher Institute, said Washington, D.C., lawmakers are considering similar legislation (AP/San Francisco Chronicle, 6/11).