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The Honorable Ed Hernandez
Sacramento, CA 95814
RE: SB 464 (Hernandez) – Support
Dear Senator Hernandez:
I am writing in support of SB 464. This bill allows the use of self-screening tools to identify certain risk factors, including patient blood pressure and weight, so that health care practitioners can safely prescribe or dispense hormonal contraceptives via telehealth services.
Currently, women in rural and underserved communities face fewer choices over their reproductive health because of geographic or monetary barriers that prevent travel to a health care provider. Moreover, about half of all pregnancies in California are unintended, which can lead to poor health outcomes for the mother and her baby and cost the state more than $1.75 billion annually.
SB 464 works to alleviate these issues by expanding access to hormonal contraceptives, which are a safe and effective method of preventing pregnancy. Through mobile and web-based technologies, patients can identify and provide information to a health care practitioner. If appropriate, the practitioner will prescribe or dispense hormonal contraceptives through telehealth, a safe and reliable delivery system.
I support SB 464 because it will provide an important option in securing reproductive choice for women in California. I respectfully request your support for this legislation.
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