Gov. Shumlin signs bill expanding access to no-cost birth control

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (NEWS10) – Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a law to expand access to no-cost birth control.

According to the governor’s office, the law expands current coverage by requiring insurers to provide contraceptive methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for all insured individuals in Vermont without cost-sharing, delays, or denial of coverage.

Under the law, women will also be permitted to get up to 12 months of hormonal contraceptive methods during a single visit, increase Medicaid reimbursement rates for long acting reversible contraceptives, and allows women who become pregnant to sign up immediately and not have to wait for open enrollment periods.

The law also ensures that vasectomies for men are available at no charge, making Vermont the first state to extend no-cost birth control protections to men.

“This law will ensure that Vermonters will be protected from efforts to undermine important birth control provisions in the Affordable Care Act,” Gov. Shumlin said. “Once again, Vermont is leading the way on reproductive rights.”

A survey found that Vermont cut its uninsured rate in half. Vermont’s uninsured rate is 3.7 percent and is tied for the lowest in the country.

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