Health Minister Olivier Veran announced the initiative back in September, NPR reported.
Veran said the measure is meant to address a decline in young women using contraceptives because of financial burdens. He said it would cost the government nearly $25 million (21 million euros).
“It’s intolerable that women aren’t able to protect themselves, aren’t able to use contraception if they make that choice, because it would cost too much,” Veran said at the time.
France24 reported that the measure covers birth control pills, IUDs, contraceptive patches, as well as other steroid hormonal methods.
It’s unclear if this would also cover trans and nonbinary people, NPR reported.