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Virginia launches $6 million contraceptives initiative

Virginia Department of HealthVirginians now have greater access to family planning options. October launches the beginning of Virginia’s long-acting reversible contraceptives initiative.

Up to $6 million will be awarded to one dozen qualified health care providers to provide LARCs to patients through May 2020. Virginia’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant funds this initiative to decrease the number of unintended pregnancies and improve birth outcomes. In 2015, an estimated 49 percent of Virginia women reported that their pregnancy was unintended.

“Women should be in control of their own health care, and that includes access to all forms of contraception,” said Gov. Ralph Northam. “The Virginia LARC Initiative will help ensure that the cost of long-acting contraceptives is not a barrier to low-income women who want to use this form of contraception to plan when or if they become pregnant.”

“Improvements in maternal and birth outcomes are a top priority for Virginia’s health and human resources agencies,” said Secretary of Health and Human Resources Daniel Carey, MD. “LARCs are the most effective form of contraception, and we have seen promising results from similar programs in other states. We are proud that the providers that have been selected for Virginia’s program include a diverse array of academic medical leaders, Federally Qualified Health Centers, free-clinics, and private and non-profit providers.”

“The Virginia LARC Initiative aims to reduce unintended pregnancy and improve birth spacing, supporting ‘Virginia’s Plan for Well-Being’ goal to establish a strong start for children,” said State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA. “This is an important step toward realizing that goal.”

These are the 12 participants in the Virginia LARC Initiative:

  1. Augusta Healthcare for Women
  2. Central Virginia Health Services
  3. Daily Planet
  4. Greater Prince William Community Health Center
  5. Harrisonburg Community Health Center
  6. Planned Parenthood South Atlantic
  7. Rockbridge Area Health Center
  8. Sinclair Health Clinic
  9. UVA Health System
  10. VCU Health System
  11. Virginia League for Planned Parenthood
  12. Whole Woman’s Health Alliance

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