Strengthening Women’s Health Access: Medicaid and Family Planning

Time & Location

Wednesday, 3:30 - 4:30 pm ET

An estimated 2 million unplanned pregnancies are prevented each year due to family planning services obtained through Title X, Medicaid, and other publicly funded programs. Expanded access to contraception produces many economic benefits for women, such as bolstering educational attainment, labor force participation, and earnings. Affordable access to contraception, including long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) and oral contraceptive pills, is proven to result in fewer unintentional pregnancies and significant cost savings to the health care system.

Experts say that ongoing restrictions on reproductive health care may reduce contraceptive use, leading to more unplanned births and exacerbating health inequities. This webinar will explore women’s health access, focusing on the impact of Medicaid and family planning. Speakers will discuss:

  • The impact of contraception on childbearing outcomes and women’s economic status.
  • Medicaid’s role in providing LARCs to prevent unplanned pregnancies and fill postpartum care gaps.
  • A state’s perspective on strengthening family planning programs, including expanding access to contraception.

Speaker Presentations

Martha Bailey, MA, PhD

University of California, Los Angeles & National Bureau of Economic Research

Jessica Cohen, PhD

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Wanicha Burapa, MD, MPH

New Mexico Department of Health Family Planning Program

Kate Daniel, MS, CHES

New Mexico Department of Health Family Planning Program