Sununu signs dozens of bills

Jul 06, 2018
Gov. Chris Sununu

Over the past week Gov. Chris Sununu has signed dozens of bills.  Here are some of the notable new laws:

SB 313

This bill continues New Hampshire's expanded Medicaid program, with some notable changes.  Learn more about SB 313.

NH likely to get birth control over the counter

May 07, 2018
birth control over the counter

On Thursday, May 3rd the Senate approved a bill to allow birth control over-the-counter.

The bill, HB 1822, would allow a woman to purchase hormonal contraceptives directly from a pharmacist, after completing a screening interview. Any health insurer licensed in New Hampshire would have to cover the screening interview. Any pharmacist dispensing birth control pills would have to complete a training program.

The bill now heads to Gov. Chris Sununu for his signature.

Right of doctors to refuse abortion, contraception?

Feb 28, 2018
doctor's right of conscience to refuse

This March the New Hampshire House will vote on a bill that would protect doctors who to refuse to provide an abortion, contraception, or sterilization.

A doctor would have the right to sue an employer, licensing board, or any other person or institution that discriminates against him or her for refusing to provide those reproductive health services.

The bill, HB 1787, would also cover other health care employees, such as nurses and pharmacists.

Should pharmacists be able to dispense birth control pills to women in NH who do not have a doctor’s prescription?

Feb 05, 2018

HB 1822, under consideration by the Legislature this year, allows pharmacists to dispense oral contraceptives based on a standing order from a physician. This means a woman could purchase hormonal birth control from a pharmacist without first getting a prescription from her own doctor.

A vote in the House is expected Wednesday.

Over-the-counter birth control hearing

Jan 12, 2018

On Thursday, January 11 the a New Hampshire House committee heard public testimony on a bill that would make birth control pills available over the counter.

The bill, HB 1822, would allow pharmacists to dispense hormonal birth control through a signed protocol authored by a qualified physician or APRN. HB 1822 also requires health insurance to cover birth control dispensed by a pharmacist.

Do you support a state contract with Planned Parenthood to provide family planning services to low income residents?

Nov 06, 2017

On Wednesday, November 8 the New Hampshire Executive Council will vote on giving state and federal dollars to ten health care providers who offer family planning services to low income residents. Those providers include Planned Parenthood.

Click here to learn more about the policy debates around family planning in New Hampshire.

About the contracts

The contracts total just under $3 million over two years.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England will receive about $550,000.

Should oral contraceptives be available without a prescription from a doctor in NH?

Mar 19, 2017
birth control contraception pharmacy

If passed, SB 154 would make oral contraceptives available without a prescription.

According to the bill, pharmacies, including mail-order pharmacies, could dispense oral contraceptives "to persons 18 years of age or older without a prescription after an initial consultation with a licensed or certified health care provider."

Planned Parenthood contract up for vote

Jun 27, 2016

On Wednesday, June 29 the New Hampshire Executive Council will vote on a contract to provide $550,000 to Planned Parenthood for family planning services.

Should NH allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control?

Feb 19, 2016

Oregon recently put into effect a new law which allows pharmacists to prescribe birth control after completing a training course. Pharmacists may prescribe oral contraceptives or other hormonal contraceptives themselves, or may refer a patient to a physician in more complicated cases.

The law applies to women over the age of 18 and those under 18 who have evidence of a previous prescription from a physician. 

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