Bill Mandating 12-Month Birth Control Coverage Passes | NBC4 Washington

Bill Mandating 12-Month Birth Control Coverage Passes

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    File photo: one-month dosage of hormonal birth control pills.

    Women in Virginia may soon be able to buy a year's supply of prescription birth control instead of a few months' worth. 

    Legislation that would require health insurance companies to cover a 12-month supply is on its way to Gov. Terry McAuliffe's desk after the General Assembly approved it Thursday. 

    Supporters say it will ease a burden for women and prevent unwanted pregnancies and abortions. Women's group said the legislation was the first "proactive reproductive health'' measure to pass the General Assembly in more than a decade. 

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

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