Last month, the Trump administration rolled back part of the Obamacare contraception mandate, making it no longer mandatory for employers to cover the full cost of birth control on grounds of religious freedom. 55 million women who received free birth control since 2012 are now at risk of losing it. Employers are now free to remove birth control coverage from their employee insurance offerings, and hundreds of thousands of women might be at risk of losing free birth control. See More
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In 2015, the governor of Oregon signed a bill (HB 2879) that would allow anyone 18 years of age and older to receive birth control from a pharmacist without a doctor’s prescription.
Now, as of January 1, 2016, Oregon pharmacists can officially prescribe and dispense birth control.
Oregon is the first state to pass such a bill—one that may pave the way for easier access to contraceptives.
This week the governor of Oregon signed a bill that will allow women 18 and older to receive birth control at their local pharmacy without needing prescription from a doctor.
Effective January 1, 2016, Oregon pharmacists will be able to prescribe and dispense oral (pills) and topical (patches) birth control to patients 18 years of age and older.
Oregon, along with California, is among the first states to pass such a bill, and they may pave the way for easier access to pregnancy preventing contraceptives across the country. See More