Birth Control Access in Kentucky

Key Points

Kentucky has a primary care shortage that affects access to health care services, including reproductive care.
The unplanned pregnancy and teen pregnancy rates in Kentucky are notable, and better contraceptive access is shown to reduce these rates.
These pregnancies are also costly; the publicly funded health care costs related to unintended pregnancies in Kentucky were almost $378 million in 2010.
Allowing pharmacists to prescribe birth control is proving to reduce unintended pregnancies and the taxpayer funds spent on them.

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