Expanded access to birth control (House Bill 2879 and House Bill 3343):
HB 2879 and HB 3343 expand access to birth control for Oregonian women. The New York Times called the bills “groundbreaking.” The first bill provides a pathway for pharmacists to eventually prescribe birth control to women over 18 who don’t have a primary care physician’s note. The second bill requires insurers that cover prescription contraceptives also pay for prescription refills. State lawmakers have said the bill will hopefully reduce unintended pregnancies, a factor in whether someone stays under the poverty line.