Rep. Kazarian bill that safeguards access to contraception in RI passes the House
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Katherine S. Kazarian’s (D-Dist. 63, East Providence) legislation (2018-H 7625A) that would require health insurance plans to provide coverage for a 12-month supply of birth control to all those who are insured was passed by the House of Representatives tonight.
“This act will allow up to a full year of prescribing and dispensing of contraception when prescribed. With constant threats and attempts from Washington to restrict women’s choices concerning their own reproductive health, it is imperative that we ensure Rhode Island’s women have open and reliable access to birth control,” said Representative Kazarian.
If passed by the full General Assembly, health care providers would be able to prescribe birth control up to a full year at a time and health insurance providers would be unable to restrict reimbursement for dispensing a covered prescription contraceptive.
The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903