As state revenue recovers, Colorado must continue to use its resources wisely. Providing access to the most effective contraceptives for low-income women avoids additional Medicaid costs and reduces reliance on other government programs and allows the state to shift public health spending to new priorities.
- In 2008, Colorado spent $81 million on births resulting from unplanned pregnancies (Guttmacher Institute).
- The birth rate for Medicaid-eligible women ages 15 to 24 dropped sharply each year between 2010 and 2012, and an expected 4,300 to 9,700 births did not occur. CDPHE estimates that Medicaid saved between $49 million and $111 million in birth-related costs.
- Between March 2010 and January 2014, infant enrollment in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) fell by 26 percent (CDPHE).
Why is funding for this program necessary now that we have the Affordable Care Act?