Va. Senators consider bill mandating coverage of 12-month birth control supply

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A bill advancing in the General Assembly would require health insurance companies to cover a 12-month supply of prescription birth control.

A Senate committee approved the measure Monday. It has already passed the House of Delegates with only one no vote.

The bill's sponsor, Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, says it will ease a burden for women and prevent unwanted pregnancies and abortions. Three physicians testified in support of the measure.

The bill doesn't require that providers write a 12-month prescription.

Opponents, including insurance industry representatives, said the bill could lead to waste.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


JOIN THE CONVERSATION

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment
More Stories