Report Underscores Critical Importance Of Family Planning Programs And Providers
March 20, 2014 – The highly successful U.S. family planning effort helps almost nine million disadvantaged women each year to plan their families and protect their health, while also substantially reducing rates of unintended pregnancy and saving taxpayers more than $10 billion, according to a new Guttmacher report. The report, Moving Forward: Family Planning in the Era of Health Reform, synthesizes the most up-to-date data and analyses to illustrate the current and future importance of family planning programs and the safety-net providers at the heart of this effort.
“Our report is grounded in the fact that effective contraception is a critical part of basic health care for women,” says Rachel Benson Gold, one of the report’s authors. “Publicly funded family planning services improve low-income and young women’s ability to use the method of contraception that is best for them, thereby yielding significant health, social and economic benefits for women, their families and society as a whole.”
Government programs-notably, the Title X national family planning program and the joint federal-state Medicaid insurance program-have worked together for decades to improve access to contraceptives and related care.
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