Colorado Advances Family Planning BillPosted: February 26, 2015
This week, a Colorado House committee voted to advance the family planning legislation that would use $5 million from the state’s general fund to continue a pilot program that helps improve access to long-acting reversible contraceptives among low-income women. This bill is being championed by Republican state Representative Don Coram and passed with broad bi-partisan support.
The existing privately funded initiative has decreased the state’s teen birth rate by 40% and the abortion rate among teens by 34%. Additionally, these drops in unintended and teen pregnancy have saved the state as much as $23 million from averted Medicaid costs. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has predicted the program could save the state up to $40 million in Medicaid costs that would otherwise go toward pre- and postnatal care.
The bill now heads to the state House Appropriations Committee, where it will receive a second hearing.