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Enhanced access to birth control gets big thumbs up from state House committee

Rep. Knute Buehler R-Bend

Rep. Knute Buehler
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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon today praised the Oregon Senate Health Care Committee for passing two landmark bills that would expand birth control access and protect patient privacy.

House Bill 3343 provides access for women to a full 12-month supply of contraception at one time. Dispensing a one-year supply of birth control is associated with a 30 percent reduction in the odds of conceiving an unplanned pregnancy compared with dispensing for 30 or 90 days. The bill passed the House of Representatives last month, and was adopted by the Senate committee unanimously.

“With this bill, Oregon will lead the nation – once again – in improving women’s health care and reducing the cost of health care,” said Mary Nolan, Interim Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. “This is the most significant leap forward for reducing unintended pregnancies in a generation.”

House Bill 2758 allows patients to ask insurance carriers to send communications directly to the member receiving services, not the primary policyholder. Unwanted disclosure of health information through insurance communications affects all people enrolled as a dependent in a health plan, especially minors and young adults insured on their parents’ plan, survivors of domestic abuse and individuals seeking mental health care, substance abuse treatment and other sensitive services.

Nolan said, “Private should mean private. Oregonians have shown they want medical information protected, and we know that strong protections around confidentiality will ensure that all plan members patients can access the health care they need – leading to healthier people, healthier families and a healthier Oregon.”

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