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New Law Requires Insurance To Cover 12-month Supplies Of Contraceptives

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill signed into law by Governor Inslee will require health-insurance plans to cover 12-month supplies of contraceptives, rather than just a month or three months at a time.  Everett Representative June Robinson, who sponsored the bill, tells the "News Tribune" the goal is to ensure women don't need to squeeze in trips to the pharmacy every month or every three months just to make sure they won't get pregnant.  Under the new law, insurers will be required to cover 12-month birth-control refills and allow women to pick them up at their prescribing doctor's office when possible, rather than an off-site pharmacy.

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