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Hawaii gov. signs bill requiring coverage of 12-month supply of contraceptives

Hawaii Gov. David Ige (D) on Tuesday signed into law a bill (SB 2319) that will require insurers to cover prescriptions for a 12-month supply of contraceptives, West Hawaii Today reports.

Women using oral contraceptives typically have to refill the prescription every month. According to West Hawaii Today, this can interrupt use of contraception and contribute to unintended pregnancy. Further, women who live in rural areas or lack access to transportation can face barriers to reliably accessing contraception, which can increase their risk of unintended pregnancy.

Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii (PPVNH) praised the new law, stating that the coverage requirement for a 12-month supply will facilitate birth control access and help reduce unintended pregnancy.

Laurie Field, Hawaii legislative director for PPVNH, said, "We are proud to support this commonsense solution to reduce barriers to birth control in Hawaii. At a time when politicians nationwide are chipping away at reproductive health care access, Hawaii is bucking the trend and setting a confident example of what states can do to actually improve access."

In addition, Ige signed into law a bill (HB 1897) that will require health insurers to cover screenings for sexually transmitted infections (West Hawaii Today, 7/5).