The state House has again voted for a measure aimed at increasing women’s access to birth control while saving the state money.
House Bill 1499 would let health care providers use a long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) for a patient other than the one to whom it was initially prescribed.
When a woman in Missouri chooses to have a LARC implanted her doctor must order that device and the woman must return for another office visit to have it implanted. If the woman changes her mind before the second visit and doesn’t want the device, Missouri law doesn’t allow it to be used for another patient. It must be returned to its manufacturer and often it is destroyed.
Dogan said in Fiscal Year 2017 about 1,800 LARCs were “abandoned” by patients in Missouri. About 1,000 of those could have been used for other patients and that would’ve saved Missouri about $220-thousand.
The proposal has been sent to the Senate 133-10. Last year it was passed as an amendment to other legislation, but was not passed in the Senate.
Proponents say a bill in the Missouri House would expand access to birth control and save the state hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
House Bill 1499 would allow health care providers to use a long-acting contraceptive device for a patient other than the one for whom it was initially prescribed.
In Missouri when a woman goes to a health care provider and elects to use a long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC), her provider must order that device and implant it on a subsequent office visit. Often women don’t return to have the device implanted, and Missouri law doesn’t allow that device to be used by another patient – it must be returned to its manufacturer and is often destroyed.
In Fiscal Year 2017 approximately 1,800 LARCs were so “abandoned” in Missouri. About 1,100 of those could have been used in other patients, saving the state approximately $220-thousand dollars.