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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland law intended to expand and protect access to birth control that was passed last year will take effect this week.

The Baltimore Sun reports that insurers must provide most forms of contraception, including vasectomies, with no out-of-pocket costs to patients starting Jan. 1. Insurers must also pay for over-the-counter birth control, including the morning-after pill.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Women in Virginia may soon be able to buy a year's supply of prescription birth control instead of a few months' worth.

Legislation that would require health insurance companies to cover a 12-month supply is on its way to Gov. Terry McAuliffe's desk after the General Assembly approved it Thursday.

Supporters say it will ease a burden for women and prevent unwanted pregnancies and abortions. Women's group said the legislation was the first "proactive reproductive health" measure to pass the General Assembly in more than a decade.

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The Cape Henlopen School Board voted 6-to-1 to offer students contraceptives and HIV testing next year.

WBOC reports that currently the wellness center provides such services as immunizations, STI and & pregnancy tests.

The contraceptives to be offered next fall will involve condoms, oral contraceptives, birth control implants and Depo-Provera.

The television station reports that a major issue has been parental consent.

That is now required for students to use the wellness center.

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ASSATEAGUE ISLAND, Md. (AP) - The Maryland portion of Assateague Island will not administer birth control for its ponies in 2017.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the purpose behind the decision is to keep the herd balance in a target range of 80 to 100.

Education coordinator for Assateague Island Liz Davis says the goal is to increase the number of foals by minimizing contraception. She says Assateague Island will also monitor and adjust over the years to stay within the 80 to 100 range.

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Governor Jack Markell has gotten private organizations to provide $10 million to provide birth control to women in Delaware.

The money would train medical providers to implant contraceptives and to educate women on various safe methods of birth control.

In addition, the Wilmington News Journal reports that funds will also go to provide different forms of contraceptives in doctor’s offices so that the women can get same-day long-acting birth control.

The News Journal reports that $1.7 million in state funding will also be provided to support the program.

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Governor Jack Markell gave is last state of the state address yesterday hailing the changes that have taken place as Delaware emerges from the Great Recession.

The Delaware Democrat said the state must still evolve calling for higher pay for teachers and to meet the changing economy he wanted to expand job training programs.

In addition, he said it was time to revamping health care coverage for state employees.