Reproductive health services--including ensuring access to contraceptives--are critical to safeguarding and promoting public health. The benefits are far-reaching and include reducing unintended pregnancies, pre-term births, and infant mortality, as well as potentially helping to address child poverty and other important determinants of health. While the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 ushered in national legal and policy changes for contraceptive coverage, states have played a key role in expanding access to contraceptives through a range of activities and strategies, including insurance and coverage requirements, expanding access to the full range of contraceptive options through Title X, and even as direct service providers for underserved populations. With the uncertainty surrounding elements of the ACA, states and their health departments will continue to leverage state, federal, and community resources and develop and implement policies to ensure contraceptive access.
This webinar, co-sponsored by the Network and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, will focus on the critical role of state health departments in shaping, advocating for, and implementing unique policies and programs to expand contraceptive access to their residents. The panel will include a legal and policy overview of existing state laws and regulations impacting contraceptive access and highlight innovative strategies and programs underway in state health departments that target key populations and ensure they have access to the full range of reproductive health services, including legislation requiring two- and four-year colleges to develop plans of action to address unintended pregnancies among 18- and 19-year-olds and the use of incentive metrics for coordinated care organizations to increase access to contraception.
Some attendees may qualify for CLE credit. ASLME is an approved provider of continuing legal education credits in several states; ASLME will also apply for CLE credits in other states upon request.