STATE HOUSE – Rep. Katherine S. Kazarian’s (D-Dist. 63, East
Providence) legislation (2018-H 7625A)
that would require health insurance plans to provide coverage for a 12-month
supply of birth control to all those who are insured was passed by the House of
“This act will allow up to a full year of prescribing and
dispensing of contraception when prescribed. With constant threats and
attempts from Washington to restrict women’s choices concerning their own
reproductive health, it is imperative that we ensure Rhode Island’s women have
open and reliable access to birth control,” said Representative Kazarian.
If passed by the full General Assembly, health care providers would be able to
prescribe birth control up to a full year at a time and health insurance
providers would be unable to restrict reimbursement for dispensing a covered
The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.