With less money, Colorado’s birth control program feels the pain: Program credited with lowering teen birth, abortion rates

By John Frank, The Denver Post

BOULDER — JoAnna Hibberd reaches for the inside of her left bicep and kneads the skin until she finds it. The birth control implant is impossible to see, and the insertion mark is less visible than a freckle. But she calls it a godsend.

Hibberd, 21, received the device through a state program that provides long-acting reversible contraceptives to low-income and uninsured teenagers and women at little to no cost. If she has a complaint, it's not knowing about the program sooner. She tried other birth control methods as a teenager but lapsed at times. She became pregnant at age 18 and gave birth the same year to her daughter, Zoe.

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