Colorado poised to invest in successful public health program to reduce unintended pregnancies
Program proven to reduce teen pregnancies, abortions and spending on government programs
(DENVER, April 27, 2016) – With Governor John Hickenlooper’s signature on the state budget, Colorado will increase funding for a public health program instrumental in reducing teen pregnancy and the teen abortion rates by 48 percent.
The program provides comprehensive contraceptive services, including hormonal implants and IUDs for those who may not be able to access them otherwise. Since 2008, several foundations provided an increase to the existing program to identify what gains could be made with additional funding devoted to long-acting reversible contraception – and the results were strong.
The Colorado Department of Health and Environment requested an additional $2.5 million for its existing family planning budget in the 2016 – 2017 fiscal year. After narrowly rejecting attempts to increase funding in 2015, state lawmakers agreed to allocate additional state funding in this year’s budget. The additional request in 2015 was $5 million, but as more health insurance policies expand access to a broader array of contraceptive options, more individuals get health insurance access through Medicaid, and new and less expensive forms of long-acting contraceptives come onto the market, state officials reduced the budget needed to continue to see the gains made in the state.
“This modest investment marks the next phase in a tremendously successful program that has impacted the entire state of Colorado,” said Lisa VanRaemdonck, executive director of the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials and a co-chair of the coalition of 44 organizations supporting funding for the program. “The data is clear. When women have access to the family planning method that works best for themselves and their families, our financial investment is returned through better short and long-term outcomes for women and their families.” Read More >
Unplanned pregnancies and abortion rate drop again under Colorado’s successful program
The Colorado Family Planning Initiative announced even greater gains in helping to drive down the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions for both teens and women ages 20 to 24. You can read the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s press release about the impressive gains for one of our state’s most successful public health programs.
Coloradans support family planning programs that work
By providing greater access to voluntary contraception, including long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), Colorado has become a national leader in reducing unintended pregnancies. Since 2009, the Colorado Family Planning Initiative has increased health care provider education and training and reduced the costs of the most effective forms of long-term contraceptives, such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants. As a result, the number of Colorado women choosing these methods has increased dramatically and Colorado has seen unprecedented declines in the birthrate and number of abortions. Read More >