SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois women would be able to obtain birth control without a doctor’s visit under legislation sponsored by state Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, which passed the House Health Care Licenses Committee on Tuesday.
“There are numerous reasons why getting prescription birth control can be difficult, including physicians’ limited availability and the cost of an appointment,” said Mussman. “This legislation allows women more options for accessing and affording hormonal birth control, rather than needing to schedule a doctor’s appointment each time they want to obtain or renew a prescription.”
Mussman’s House Bill 274 authorizes pharmacists to dispense hormonal contraceptives under a standing order from the Illinois Department of Public Health. The legislation emulates similar legislation adopted in California and Oregon.
“Hormonal birth control methods are preferred by many women because they are highly effective,” said Mussman. “Eliminating the requirement for a doctor’s visit gives women easier and less expensive access to these types of contraception, empowering women to make the best choices for themselves about their reproductive health.”
Mussman serves the 56th District, which includes portions of Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Roselle and Schaumburg.