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April 22, 2015 / Ciara Myers, Editor

D.C. bill aimed at providing one year of birth control at a time

WOMEN/HEALTH
The D.C. Council is pushing forward on legislation that would give women the ability to obtain a 12-month supply of birth control at one time, in hopes of preventing gaps in use and further lowering the rate of unintended pregnancies. (Times, 4/21)

In a report on the bill, the D.C. Council’s Health and Human Services Committee noted that in 2008 the District had the highest rate of unintended pregnancies in the nation and that providing women with a 12-month supply of birth control at one time could help reduce gaps in contraceptive use that often lead to unintended pregnancies.

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While the cost of some contraceptives is covered by insurance, the committee report notes that poor women may still face barriers in obtaining prescriptions if they have to travel to a pharmacy every month to get a refill.

“These constraints make accessing contraceptives costly for women, especially those who are low-income and have financial constraints that make transportation, taking time off, and child care, difficult,” the committee report states. “Enabling women to receive 12-months of contraceptives at one time will reduce the costs of these logistical barriers to accessing contraceptives, thus decreasing gaps in use and decreasing the risk for unintended pregnancies.”

Related: There is still space available for next week’s Brightest Minds event with Dr. Isabel Sawhill, author of Generation Unbound: Drifting into Sex and Parenthood without Marriage. This event is open to WRAG members and non-members.

COMMUNITY/EVENTS | WRAG Vice Chair and Deputy Executive Director of Giving at the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, Lynn Tadlock, explains why the upcoming Loudoun County Philanthropy Conference on May 14 is aiming to strengthen the “three-legged stool” of government, business, and the social sector to meet the often unnoticed needs of Loudoun County. (Daily, 4/22)

ECONOMY
– Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett announced plans to replace the county’s current economic development agency with a public-private authority that would give economic development responsibilities to business leaders if approved by the County Council, similar to that of Fairfax County’s Economic Development Authority. (WBJ, 4/21)

The goal of the authority, Leggett said, will be putting economic development responsibilities — branding and marketing the county and dealing with myths and negative perceptions the business community has of it – in the hands of the “people in the field.” That is, business leaders.

 Why American Workers Without Much Education Are Being Hammered (NYT, 4/21)

EDUCATIONPrince George’s looking at $20 million loss in state school funding (Gazette, 4/22)

TRANSIT/EQUITY | Bike-share programs have many positive benefits to communities and their residents, but many of the systems reveal a social equity problem in which low-income individuals find they either can’t access or can’t afford the service. (CityLab, 4/21)

VIRGINIA/BUDGETS | Arlington passes budget for fiscal 2016 without raising the property-tax rate (WaPo, 4/21)


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