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Birth control can now be sold over the counter in Illinois

by Johnathan Reeves
by Johnathan Reeves

7/22/2021 | 12:00 p.m.

CHICAGO - Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed a new law today allowing birth control medication to be sold over the counter.

The historic legislation removes barriers to care that may have previously prevented residents from accessing hormonal contraception, including lack of access to a physician willing to prescribe birth control. 

HB 0135 also expands Medicaid to cover over the counter birth control costs for plans that currently cover physician prescribed birth control.

Under the new law, pharmacists are required to receive training on how to counsel individuals on the variety of birth control options available to them.

Illinois is the second state in the Midwest to offer access to birth control over the counter. HB 0135 is effective January 1, 2022. Provisions effecting the Insurance Code are effective January 1, 2023.
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