To the surprise of literally no one, President Trump’s 2018 budget proposed stripping all federal funds, including Medicaid dollars, from Planned Parenthood. Proponents of this argue that if Planned Parenthood clinics end up shuttered, women can simply access care elsewhere. But growing research shows that’s the opposite of what actually happens.
There’s a lot at stake for women’s health in the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, which eliminated out-of-pocket costs for birth control and has been highly successful in breaking down barriers to affordable family planning. The cost-sharing changes alone are saving individual women hundreds of dollars each year on their choice of contraception.
President Trump’s callous and short-sighted executive order restricting US entry [...]
A group of foundations has provided another year of funding for a program that has greatly expanded access to IUDs and allowed the state's teen pregnancy rate to plummet. Will the Colorado legislature start picking up the tab next year?
Recent pieces address why only the rich can afford to write about poverty, the crisis in federal funding for family planning, CDC's plea for funding to address antibiotic resistance, and how San Francisco politics make its housing so unaffordable.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, American women are saving hundreds of dollars on birth control, according to the first study to document the impact of health reform on prescription contraception spending.
Recent pieces address healthcare workers' safety and the research behind controlling Ebola's spread; end-of-life planning; contraception; and more.
Denver Post reporters explore psychotropic-drug prescriptions to Colorado foster kids; the US spends more on teen pregnancy than family planning; and five million US workers have stopped looking for jobs.
Massachusetts study: High demand for publicly funded family planning services, despite near universal insurance
Higher insurance rates don’t mean people stop seeking care at publically funded health centers, found a recent study of family planning clinics in Massachusetts. The findings speak to serious concerns within public health circles that policy-makers may point to higher insurance rates as a justification to cut critical public health funding.
Texas family planning cuts dismantling the safety net for women’s preventive care; researchers chronicle early impacts
In the west Texas city of San Angelo, Planned Parenthood has been serving local women since 1938. It was one of the very first places in Texas to have a family planning clinic. Now, due to state policy and funding changes, the clinic's ability to serve all those in need is on shaky ground.