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'Contraceptive Equity Act' among 196 bills signed by Governor Hogan

A new Maryland law is aimed at offering expanded access to birth control for women and men, at little to no cost. (Cropped Photo: Beathan / MGN)

ANNAPOLIS (WBFF) - A new Maryland law is aimed at offering expanded access to birth control for both women and men, at little to no cost.

The bill was one of nearly 200 signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday.

The "Maryland Contraceptive Equity Act", (HB 1005/SB 848), eliminates most co-payments for birth control and contraception; allows women to receive six months of birth control at one time; provides insurance coverage for over-the-counter contraceptive medications, i.e., Plan B; does away with co-payments for vasectomies for men; and lifts pre-authorizations on long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs), i.e., like IUDs.

Governor Hogan signed a total of 196 bills into law on Tuesday.

Other bills signed included; SB 1007 - Maryland Small Business Retirement Savings Program and Trust; HB 422 - Interest Rate on Tax Deficiencies and Refunds; SB 245 - Labor and Employment - Hiring and Promotion Preferences - Veterans and Their Spouses; and HB 489 - Termination of Maryland Health Insurance Plan, Transfer of Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program, and Funding for State Reinsurance Program.

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