SENATE COMMITTEE REPORTS CONTRACEPTION BILL ON BIPARTISAN BASIS

RICHMOND - This afternoon, the Commerce and Labor committee reported HB 2267 by Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Springfield) to allow women with qualified healthcare plans to fill their prescriptions for up to a year's worth of hormonal contraceptives.
 
Said Senator Rosalyn Dance (D-Petersburg), "This legislation allows working women to avoid unnecessary monthly trips to the pharmacy. It's a burden that we, as legislators, can help fix. I am very pleased that we reported this legislation out of committee to help working families."
 
Said Senator Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth), "This is a decision that must be made by a woman and her doctor. Furthermore, there is no medical reason for this barrier. Women with busy schedules, who are traveling on business, or who live in rural areas with pharmacies few and far between should have the same access to healthcare that people in more heavily populated areas have."
 
Said Senator Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), "I am pleased to see that the legislation supporting a twelve month prescription refill for oral contraceptives passed out of committee this year given the very strong opposition to this measure by insurance companies last year. The ability to have a twelve month supply of contraception is an important part of women being in charge of their own healthcare decisions."
 
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