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Women living in the Golden State soon will be able to pick up an entire year’s worth of birth control pills at one time under a bill the governor signed Friday.

The new law will allow pharmacists to dispense a 12-month supply of hormonal birth control pills. It also will require healthcare plans to cover the year-at-a-time prescription. The law goes into effect Jan. 1.

State law previously barred pharmacists from dispensing more than three months’ supply at once.

Supporters of the new law say letting women pick up more pills will help prevent unintended pregnancy, especially for women in rural areas who do not have a pharmacy nearby.

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