Colorado's 12-month supply of birth control signed into law

DENVER (KKTV) - Women in the Centennial State will soon be able to fill birth control prescriptions for a one-year supply.

On Monday, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed HB 17-1186 into law.

“This law is a great example of how we can work across the aisle to bring meaningful changes to people’s lives,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. “This is an important step in supporting women across Colorado, especially those in rural areas.”

Currently, women are only able to receive up to three months worth of prescriptions. Starting Jan. 1, 2019, women in Colorado will be able to fill a prescription for one year.

The bill passed through with bipartisan support.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Brittany Pettersen, Sen. Kerry Donovan, Rep. Lois Landgraf and Sen. Don Coram.

“Women in rural Colorado will see great benefits from this bill. They will be able to access the birth control they rely on, exactly when they need it. This means more time left in their busy days and less likelihood of unintended pregnancies,” said Donovan according to a release from Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.

According to the bill text, the change applies to any prescription contraceptive that is an acceptable oral drug, contraceptive patch or ring that is used to prevent pregnancy.