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New Md. Law Makes Birth Control, Vasectomies Free

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    What to Know

    • The law will go into effect January 1, 2018

    • Under the law, over-the-counter birth control will be available at no cost to insured consumers.

    • Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed the bill Tuesday.

    Insured Maryland residents will be able to get birth control for no cost thanks to a bill that was signed into law Tuesday.

    The Contraceptive Equity Act forces insurance companies to offer over-the-counter birth control at no cost to consumers, eliminates pre-authorization requirements and provides free vasectomies for men.

    The morning-after pill is included in the over-the-counter options that will be provided for free. Insurers also must provide six months' worth of contraceptives at a time.

    Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed the bill Tuesday. The state now has one of the most comprehensive birth control laws in the nation. 

    The law will go into effect January 1, 2018