Legislation to increase access to birth control has passed through the state House of Representatives.

House Bill 25 would require insurance companies and Medicaid to provide coverage for prescription contraceptives and medical services needed for any devices.

It would also cover doctors prescribing up to a year of contraception at once, which supporters say is necessary for people in rural areas.

The bill had the support of nurses and pharmacists groups across the state.

It passed by a vote of 21 to 17, and now goes to the state Senate.

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