LANSING, Mich., Sept. 7, 2022 – State Rep. Julie M. Rogers (D-Kalamazoo) introduced House Bill 6366, which would allow individuals to obtain a 12-month supply of birth control at one time. In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs, the bill was introduced to help ensure that contraception and other reproductive health services remain accessible to the Michiganders who count on them.
“As a health care provider, I understand that people deserve access to adequate health care, and a year’s supply of contraceptives will help ensure continuous and consistent use,” Rogers said. “This is a proven policy that will improve the lives of Michigan residents and lower health care costs. It is essential for individuals in this state that we remove barriers to birth control and ensure a consistent and readily accessible supply. For people who work, go to school, raise children or have other demanding schedules, a 12-month supply of birth control will eliminate the burden of making a trip to the pharmacy every month or every three months. A year-long supply is beneficial for those individuals with multiple jobs and those who live in rural areas because 30- to 90-day prescriptions can often be an obstacle for precise use.”
Studies show that receiving a 12-month supply of birth control is a health benefit and that there are serious health issues associated with running out. Contraception is also widely used to treat medical conditions such as endometriosis and certain symptoms of menstruation, as well as for family planning purposes for people who do not wish to become pregnant or those for whom pregnancy may pose a medical risk.
“With Michiganders’ right to abortion imperiled by recent court decisions, it is more critical than ever to make contraception accessible for everyone,” said Nicole Wells Stallworth, executive director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan. “House Bill 6366 would remove administrative barriers so that people can get the uninterrupted care they need.”
House Bill 6366 was introduced on the House floor on Wednesday and referred to the House Committee on Rules and Competitiveness.