Increased Access to Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive Methods for Underserved Women
Posted in Projects / Wed, July 15, 2015
Timeframe: July 2015-June 2018 | Amount: $358,000
This project provides financial assistance to uninsured, underinsured, and low income women receiving care at the eight King County Planned Parenthood health centers to increase access to long acting reversible contraception methods (LARCs) and prevent unintended pregnancy.
Because this funding is being used to subsidize substantial out-of-pocket costs for LARC patients, they have been able to provide these services to women who would not otherwise be able to afford them. In this way, the program creates health equity and decreases disparities in care for disadvantaged women.
Due to the pending repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Planned Parenthood anticipates that demand and need for LARCs will only increase in 2017-2018, at the same time as the organization’s ability to serve low-income patients is being threatened. A demand for LARCs is increasing: PPGNHI had a 37% increase in LARC patients in 2016 compared to 2015. Since the November presidential election, the increases have been even more dramatic. LARCs have become an especially attractive option because they are so long lasting. Planned Parenthood also anticipates that when the ACA is repealed, the numbers of uninsured patients will increase drastically. PPGNHI will use increased funding for 2017-2018 to ensure that demand for patients facing high up-front costs are met as well as for the large numbers of patients who are soon to be without health insurance coverage. The ultimate outcome of this program will be to increase access to the most effective methods of birth control and to reduce unintended pregnancy among King County’s most vulnerable women.
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands (PPGNHI)
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands is a leader in reproductive health care, rights, and education in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, and Washington. The mission of PPGNHI is to support the lifelong sexual health of women and men, and to foster a community where every child is a wanted child.