Steamboat Today, April 9, 2017, Steamboat Springs — Free, long-acting, reversible birth control is now available for low-income Steamboat Springs women, thanks to the efforts of the newly formed Choose When group.
Organizer Kathleen Wasserman said the group is picking up the costs for women to receive long-acting, reversible contraception, including intrauterine devices, or IUDs, and hormonal implants through partnerships with Planned Parenthood and Northwest Colorado Health.
The devices became available from each of the providers April 1.
“This has been such a wonderful, positive experience, and the community has been so receptive,” said Wasserman, who is part of a group of women who set out in late 2016 to create Choose When.
The group’s first goal was to initiate a local program that would provide expensive, long-acting birth control to low-income women.
From Steamboat Today March 13, 2017
Steamboat Springs — Northwest Colorado women who struggle to afford long-lasting birth control devices could now receive the products at no charge, thanks to a new Steamboat Springs women’s group.
Focus on Women was created during the winter with a goal of addressing gaps in service for women’s health, and the group quickly chose to focus on access to expensive, long-lasting birth control as its first project, according to Kathleen Wasserman, one of the group’s organizers.
“A group of my friends and I were talking about what we could do for women in Steamboat, and really, we were focused on women’s health care,” Wasserman said.
After meeting with local nonprofits and health care providers — including Northwest Colorado Health, Planned Parenthood and Yampa Valley Medical Center — the women continued to hear about a recent Colorado project that provided private funding for women to receive long-acting, reversible contraception, including intrauterine devices, or IUDs, and hormonal implants.
Though the devices can cost $1,000 or more, they provide long-acting birth control for 4 to 12 years and can be removed when a woman chooses to become pregnant.
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