House Bill 25 requires insurance coverage for all FDA-approved contraceptive methods. It also requires insurance plans to cover a one-year supply of birth control. Consistent use of birth control is the best way to prevent unintended pregnancy and we must remove unnecessary and burdensome obstacles that block reliable access to contraceptives. Women without reliable access to transportation or living in rural areas have more barriers to dependable access to birth control, leaving them at a greater risk for unintended pregnancies.
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Hi, my name is ____________, I live in ________ and I’m your constituent. I’m calling about an important bill in the legislature that will impact people in your district. House bill 25 would give women a full year's supply of their birth control in just one visit, reducing barriers, helping women plan their families, reduce unintended pregnancy, and save money for Alaskan families.
I ask that you support this important bill.
Why This Bill Is So Important
When I was graduating from college, I didn't know what the next year of my life would bring. I knew I would move back to my hometown of Anchorage, but wasn't sure where I'd be working, whether or not I'd go back to school, or what opportunities would come my way as I transitioned from being a student living on a block-by-block college campus to a resume-wielding job applicant. The one thing I did know was that wherever life took me, I would need my birth control. During my junior year of college my periods had become frequent and unpredictable, leading to a constant anxiety about when and where I might find myself in need of a tampon, restroom, or change of clothes. I consulted my school health clinic and started taking birth control, which allowed me to regain just that: control. Knowing when I would get my period made it possible for me to plan for it, and without birth control the transition from college to the "real world" would have been far more stressful. I was lucky enough to have access to a student health center that was able to provide me with a full year's supply of birth control at a price I could afford as I approached graduation, and I still remember walking out of the clinic feeling armed and ready for whatever the year ahead had in store. I was lucky, but luck shouldn't have anything to do with it, which is why I support HB 25. 12 months of birth control will help others like me tackle tough transitions, plan for the future, and maintain control of their bodies and lives.
Mara H., Anchorage
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