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California bill would let women get a year of birth control at once

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 women would be able to get up to a 12-month supply of contraception under a bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.

The state Senate on Friday passed Senate Bill 999, which extends the current limit of 90 days. Supporters such as Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California and NARAL Pro-Choice California argued that the change would benefit women, especially in poor rural areas, who have difficulty obtaining a consistent supply of birth control.

Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, who authored SB 999, said it is estimated to save $42 million annually due to 15,000 fewer unintended pregnancies and 7,000 fewer abortions.

“Increasing access to birth control is good for women, families and the health of our state,” Pavley said.

Insurers and health plans opposed the bill, saying it could lead to a rise in unused medication. It passed by a bipartisan vote of 30-6.

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Alexei Koseff: 916-321-5236, @akoseff

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