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California, Oregon To Allow Hormonal Contraceptives Without A Doctor’s Prescription

As California officials were busy finalizing regulations on a state law passed in 2013, Oregon’s governor Kate Brown signed a similar bill into law last week.

California and Oregon will be the first states in the nation to allow women to get birth control pills and other hormonal contraceptives directly from their pharmacists – without a doctor’s prescription.

State Fixes Funding Problem for Poor Women’s Contraceptive Care

The Affordable Care Act expanded the state Medicaid program to 350,000 new members, but it didn’t pay providers as well as a separate reproductive health program for uninsured women, provoking concerns from Rep. Mitch Greenlick that the state may be inadvertently hurting Planned Parenthood and other women’s health providers.

The state has stepped in to solve an unintended consequence of the Affordable Care Act -- reproductive health providers had gotten paid less to cover women insured by Medicaid than they did from an existing state program designed specifically to offer free contraceptive services.

NARAL Rally Celebrates Implementation of Preventive Women's Healthcare

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Sections of Affordable Care Act that allow more women to access contraception and screening without copayments kicked in August 1

August 3, 2012 -- A crowd of about 100 activists gathered at the base of the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland Wednesday afternoon to rally and to march – not to protest, but to celebrate a much-debated provision of the Affordable Care Act that had just kicked in. Starting August 1, preventive women's health care will be covered without any copayments, including contraception, well-woman exams, cancer screenings and domestic violence coverage.

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