The Senate Finance committee advanced an originating bill Monday evening that would assist with family planning programs.
The legislation includes mandatory insurance coverage for tubal ligation and vasectomy procedures. It would make adoptive families eligible for early intervention programs through DHHR, would make changes to the state’s adoption tax credit, and would increase access to hormonal contraceptives.
The bill would also remove the current prohibition that bars licensed pharmacists from dispensing self-administered contraceptives to anyone under the age of 18.
The legislation would cost around $3 million. The bill now heads to the floor to be considered by the full Senate.