New law allows Virginia women to get one year supply of birth control

Published: Jan. 2, 2018 at 6:30 PM EST
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A new Virginia law effective January 1 requires health benefit plans provide allow women to obtain a 12-month supply of birth control at one time.

Insurance providers previously allowed hormonal contraceptives to be dispensed a few months in advance. While the new law does not require birth control be given out on a yearly basis, it does make it an option for women.

gained overwhelming bipartisan support in the general assembly during the 2016 session. Delegates Steve Landes, Tony Wilt and Dickie Bell voted in favor of the bill, along with Senators Mark Obenshain and Emmett Hanger.

Other states and the District of Columbia have