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Bill would let Hawaii pharmacists prescribe birth control

By MARINA RIKER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are introducing a bill that would make it easier for adult women in Hawaii to get birth control.

Right now, women can only get certain contraceptives through a physician. If passed, the bill would allow women older than 18 to get contraceptives such as birth control pills, patches and rings directly from pharmacists without having to visit a doctor.

Pharmacists would have to go through training to be able to prescribe contraceptives. The bill would also require health insurance companies to reimburse pharmacists who prescribe and dispense birth control.

California and Oregon are the only two states that have passed similar laws. Supporters of the bill say women are more likely to use prescription contraceptives and less likely to have unintended pregnancies when there's more access to contraceptives.

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