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               Legislative Sessions at a Glance 

The majority of states have finished their regular legislative sessions, and many others are winding down. A handful are in special sessions to deal with particular topics. 

So far this session, a number of states have passed measures to increase access to birth control. So what can you do now?

  • Make sure people know what has passed in your state.
  • See if there’s a role you can play in implementation.

In addition, it’s not too early to start planning for next session. You can:

  • Identify ideas that make sense for your state.
  • Look at what other states have done.
  • Build coalitions to support these ideas.
  • Enlist potential champions.

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State Spotlight

Nevada

Recently, Nevada has been in the news for enacting two positive laws to increase access to contraception. AB249 codifies the contraceptive coverage provision of the ACA, aligning the requirements for public and private plans, and SB122 establishes a state-funded family planning grant program.

Oregon

In 2015, Oregon became the second state to allow pharmacists to prescribe contraception; however, the methods were limited to oral contraceptives and the contraceptive patch. In June 2017, Oregon enacted HB2527 to expand pharmacists’ prescribing authority to include “self-administered hormonal contraceptive[s].” The measure, which takes effect immediately, also allows pharmacists to prescribe and administer injectable hormonal contraceptives.

New Mexico

Earlier this month, the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy approved regulations that will allow pharmacists to prescribe contraception, once trained on the new protocol. The New Mexico Pharmacists Association began pushing for the rule in 2011, as a way to address the state’s high rate of unintended pregnancy and shortage of primary care providers.

Wyoming

The Wyoming Senate passed SF 150, a bill to create an account funded by private contributions or grants and administered by the Division of Health. The bill, which was tabled in the House, would have been reserved specifically for providing LARC at little to no cost. 

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Resources 

  • Our newest resource takes a deeper dive into states laws requiring insurance to cover an extended supply of contraceptives. Don’t forget to visit our state policy portal for more information.
  • Free the Pill has published a chart showing how some states are making it easier to access birth control pills. And this is a helpful op-ed clarifying the difference between over-the-counter (OTC) and pharmacy access to birth control.
  • The Association of State and Territorial Health Officers convenes a learning collaborative of states that are working to improve access to contraception. For more information about the project overall, or to learn more about what individual states are doing, click here.
  • Visit keepbcfree.com for a bevy of resources to help keep birth control co-pay free, including colorful social media graphics and a town hall toolkit.  
  • Please consider having your organization sign onto this letter from more than 200 national, state, and local organizations asking Congress to support maintaining investments in the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program and the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP). We have previously circulated the letter, but given the President's proposed elimination of the TPP Program in his FY 2018 budget (click here for more information), we'd like add more organizations and recirculate.
  • Click here to sign on to the letter, and feel free to share with partner organizations.
  • Know others who would like to sign up for this newsletter? They can subscribe at this link; be sure to check the state policy checkbox.

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