Oregon, the first state to propose decriminalizing abortion in 1969 several years prior to the landmark case of Roe vs. Wade, is again in the forefront in enacting an insurance law that would make birth control more accessible to women. Prior to the enactment, insurers typically covered the cost of 30 or 90 days worth of birth control. The new law will allow the insured to obtain a year’s worth of birth control, cutting down on the need to get a prescription after 30 or 90 days. Read more about Oregon insurance law here.
The law was signed by Oregon governor Kate Brown, who agreed with the logic behind the piece of legislation. The convenience of only having to get what you need to prevent unwanted pregnancies once a year was incontrovertible. It would decrease the barriers for birth control, especially for women in remote areas that have no easy access to doctors or pharmacies. In many rural areas in Oregon, there is not so much as a frozen yogurt franchise, let alone a fully stocked pharmacy capable of supplying what these people need at a drop of a hat.
Lawmakers in the liberal Beaver State may also propose that pharmacists be allowed to write prescriptions for birth control for women who have taken and passed a self-administered screening assessment for health risks in the future.
As expected, the Catholic Church and more conservative sectors of the state have expressed opposition to the law on expanded coverage for contraception, citing moral and social issues that may arise. Some parties also expressed criticism based on the economic effects of the expansion on insurers and employers. Read more from this site.
The law will go into effect on January 1, 2016. Legislators in other states such as New York and California evinced interest in the new law, and in Washington D.C., a similar initiative is under consideration.
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