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March 14, 2023      1:41 PM

Texas House Insurance takes up proposal to allow contraceptive coverage for up to 12 months

Bipartisan coalition includes some progressive Democrats and staunchly conservative Republicans

The Texas House Insurance Committee on Tuesday took up House Bill 916 by Rep. Claudia Ordaz, D-El Paso, allowing for patients to obtain birth control prescriptions for up to 12 months. Joint authors include conservative Republicans such as Human Services Chairman James Frank and Rep. Shelby Slawson as well as Democrats Reps. Donna Howard and Toni Rose.

Sen. Angela Paxton has filed companion legislation on the other side of the building.

According to a 2019 study in the published in JAMA Internal Medicine, a one-year supply was more cost-effective than refilling every three months.

By James Russell

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