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California relaxes restriction on birth control refills

A one-month dosage of hormonal birth control pills is displayed on Aug. 26, 2016.
A one-month dosage of hormonal birth control pills is displayed on Aug. 26, 2016. The Associated Press

California will drop its prohibition on pharmacies providing any more than a three-month supply of birth control pills, with Gov. Jerry Brown signing legislation Friday blessing allotments of up to a year.

Senate Bill 999, by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Aguora Hills, was supported by Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California and other groups that said the measure would make it easier for women to consistently use contraceptives.

It was opposed by the California Catholic Conference and Association of California Life and Health Insurance Companies, according to a legislative analysis.

Brown signed the bill without comment.

The Democratic governor also signed Assembly Bill 1954, prohibiting health plans and insurers from requiring a member to receive a referral before they may receive reproductive and sexual health care.

David Siders: 916-321-1215, @davidsiders

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