Maryland Expands Birth Control Access in 2018

In Maryland, it just got easier to get birth control under a sweeping law aimed at expanding and protecting access to contraception.

The new law, which was passed in 2016 but went into effect Jan. 1, requires insurers to provide most forms of birth control to patients with no out-of-pocket costs, including vasectomies or sterilization for men and over-the-counter birth control such as Plan B and other emergency contraception. The new law would also eliminate the need to get preauthorization from insurance companies for implants and IUDs.

Women will also be able to get contraception in six-month doses rather than having to refill prescriptions monthly.

Maryland is one of about a dozen states which passed laws to strengthen birth control access in response to gaps in contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act, which allowed insurers to limit the forms of birth control they cover.

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Tatyana Hopkins – Washington Informer Contributing Writer

Tatyana Hopkins has always wanted to make the world a better place. Growing up she knew she wanted to be a journalist. To her there were too many issues in the world to pick a career that would force her to just tackle one. The recent Howard University graduate is thankful to have a job and enjoys the thrill she gets from chasing the story, meeting new people and adding new bits of obscure information to her knowledge base. Dubbed with the nickname “Fun Fact” by her friends, Tatyana seems to be full of seemingly “random and useless” facts. Meanwhile, the rising rents in D.C. have driven her to wonder about the length of the adverse possession statute of limitations (15 years?). Despite disliking public speaking, she remembers being scolded for talking in class or for holding up strangers in drawn-out conversations. Her need to understand the world and its various inhabitants frequently lands her in conversations on topics often deemed taboo: politics, religion and money. Tatyana avoided sports in high school she because the thought of a crowd watching her play freaked her out, but found herself studying Arabic, traveling to Egypt and eating a pigeon. She uses social media to scope out meaningful and interesting stories and has been calling attention to fake news on the Internet for years.

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