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Maine Passes Law to Allow 12-Month Supply of Birth Control

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In Maine, a bill to allow women to receive up to a 12-month supply of prescribed birth control has become law without Gov. LePage’s signature.

According to the Associated Press most Maine insurance providers currently have a one-month or three-month limit.  The law will go into effect this fall.

Rep. Joyce “Jay” McCreight says the bill will help remove barriers to consistent access to hormonal contraceptive supplies and improve the health of babies and mothers. Her bill passed unanimously in the House and with a 25-10 vote in the Senate.

The reproductive health policy nonprofit, Guttmacher Institute, said more than two dozen states are considering similar bills this year as the federal Affordable Care Act faces potential overhaul according to the Associated Press.

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