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05/17/2016 11:31 am ET

Maryland's New Law Expands Access To Free Birth Control

Both men and women will benefit from the new law.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed legislation last week that will expand access to contraception for residents across the state. 

The Contraception Equity Act requires insurance companies to cover over-the-counter emergency contraceptives, and women won't need pre-authorization from their insurers to get an IUD. The new legislation will also forbid out-of-pocket costs for vasectomies. 

The comprehensive reform is slated to go into effect in 2018. 

Learn more about the legislation in the video above. 

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