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.
Use of the most effective methods of contraception has seen a sharp increase in the past decade, according to new data released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. After steady rates from the 1980s to early 2000s, from 2006-2013, long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) have grown in popularity among women 15-44. LARCs include intrauterine devices (IUDs) and hormonal implants and are considered the most effective birth control methods, with a higher success rate than the pill and the patch.
According to a relevant study conducted by Guttmacher Institute, rates of unintended pregnancy declined by at least 5% in the majority of states over the same period of time. The drop in rates of unintended pregnancy in the studied states is largely attributed to increased access to evidence-based sex education and affordable family planning care. Significantly, this report revealed that the decrease in rates of unintended pregnancy was in double digits in Colorado, Iowa and Missouri, all states that began campaigns promoting LARC use within the time of the study.
It is so important that we do everything we can to continue this trend. RMC considers increasing access to all methods of preventive family planning a top legislative priority. Our focus is on promoting increased funding of family planning programs nationwide. You can help us with this important goal by making a donation today via our website to help strengthen our legislative and lobbying team!
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A privately funded state health initiative in Colorado has led to a 40 percent drop in teen birth rates and millions of dollars in healthcare expenditure savings for the state. The Colorado Family Planning Initiative was initially funded with an anonymous grant – but now Republican Colorado State Representative Don Coram is fighting to renew this program for the next five years with common sense legislation that would provide $5 million from the state general fund.
Since 2009, Colorado’s privately funded state health initiative has led to a 40 percent drop in teen birth rates and millions of dollars in healthcare expenditure savings for the state. The Colorado Family Planning Initiative was initially funded with an anonymous grant – but now new support is needed.
Colorado lawmakers are fighting to renew this program for the next five years with common sense legislation that would provide $5 million from the state general fund.
Mainstream Republican, Colorado State Representative Don Coram is leading the fight to protect this program. “If we can do this, make lives better for these young people, save the state of Colorado millions of dollars and prevent abortions, tell me what’s wrong with that?” Coram asked.
Before the program, the state ranked 29th-lowest in teen birth rates among the 50 states and the District of Columbia. By providing increased access to affordable contraceptives, the teen birth rate in Colorado has decreased drastically and the teen abortion rate has dropped by 35 percent.
In addition to dramatically improving the lives of underprivileged teenage girls in Colorado, the family planning program has saved $5.68 in Medicaid costs for the state for every dollar spent on contraceptives. In fact, in one year alone, the program saved the state $42.5 million in public funds. The numbers continue to prove that family planning services including comprehensive sex education and
access to contraceptives are a fiscally conservative approach to reducing teen pregnancy, and Representative Coram is proving that Republicans can take the lead on these issues. Say Thank You today!
Today a pro-active, pro-family planning bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate. As we have reported regularly, sexual assault in the military is an increasingly dire problem, The Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers Act would increase protections for those women who suffer assault, as well as ensure that ALL women servicemembers have equal access to preventive reproductive health care.
- This bill would ensure women who are victims of sexual assault will have immediate access to emergency contraception in the ER without being required to report the incidence to their superiors. This EC in the ER provision is significant both because often women find themselves revictimized from the reporting process and because assault within the military can come from within the chain of command itself.
- This bill would also give women serving in the military equal access to preventive family planning services as the rest of Americans by bringing the military’s health program in line with the contraceptive coverage guidelines required under the federal healthcare law — giving nearly 5 million women in the military and dependents access to contraceptives.
- This bill would also mandate military physicians be educated on the specific and unique circumstances facing servicemembers so they are able to provide military service women with accurate information about the full range of FDA approved contraceptive drugs and devices as it applies to their lives.