Funding for Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Included in the Long Bill
Roughly $2.5 million dollars in additional funding was included in both the Colorado House of Representatives and Senate versions of the state budget this week for family planning services provided by the Department of Public Health and Environment. The versions will be reconciled in coming weeks.
This funding will be used to educate health care providers and expand access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), including hormonal implants and IUDs, to low-income women through Title X family planning clinics. Amendments were proposed in both chambers that would have stripped this funding, but the amendments were defeated. This week in the Colorado State Senate, a bipartisan coalition of senators defeated the amendment, securing access to the most effective forms of birth control for thousands of Colorado women. Thanks to Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik and Sen. Ellen Roberts for voting to include this service in the state budget.
Between 2009 (when additional funding for the program was first made available) and 2014, Colorado saw a 48 percent reduction in teen pregnancies and teen abortions. This program improves the lives of women and families by allowing women to finish their educations, chart their own futures, and become financially secure before starting their families, and we thank our elected leaders who voted to support this critical program.