HER Salt lake contraceptive initiative
Between March 2016 and March 2017, the University of Utah Family Planning Division, in coordination with Planned Parenthood of Utah, implemented the HER Salt Lake Contraceptive Initiative, which provided no-cost contraception to 7,402 women who came to participating clinics during the intervention period. HER Salt Lake standardized contraceptive counseling, guaranteed all methods were stocked, and ensured clinicians were available for same-day IUD and implant insertion. The Family Planning Division bolstered the initiative through an online media campaign and streamlined online appointment setting. The results of the project demonstrated women were twice as likely to choose an IUD or implant when cost barriers were removed.
House bill 12
Entering 2018, Utah was one of only eight states that did not have expanded Medicaid coverage for contraceptive care. Data from the HER Salt Lake Contraceptive Initiative and expert testimony from the research team helped to develop House Bill 12 (HB 12), Family Planning Services Amendments, which aimed to expand Medicaid-funded contraceptive care to individuals with incomes below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). This included all FDA approved reversible contraceptive methods (pill, patch, ring, shot, IUD and implant) and immediate postpartum LARC. The bill passed on March 6th, 2018, and as a result of this new legislation, an estimated 50,000 Utah women will become eligible for access to contraceptive care on January 1st, 2019.
Where do we go from here?
While HB 12 is an enormous win in terms of increased contraceptive coverage to individuals in Utah, the law does not provide the corresponding resources to adequately expand service delivery across the state. To maximize the impact of this expanded coverage, Family Planning Elevated will provide education, training, and capacity building for Utah health centers.