October 21, 2015 — In today's graphics, we look at the increase in use of long-acting reversible contraception among women in the United States. We also see how more state Medicaid programs are reimbursing for immediate postpartum LARC provision.
LARC Use on the Rise
This infographic, released with a new Guttmacher Institute study, shows the increase in use of long-acting reversible contraception among U.S. women between 2002 and 2012.
According to the study, 2.4% of U.S. women used either a contraceptive implant or an intrauterine device in 2002, while 11.6% did so in 2012. The study also noted that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage requirements (PL 111-148) -- which had not yet taken effect when the study data was collected -- likely will increase access to and use of IUDs (Guttmacher Institute release, 10/8).
Postpartum LARC Coverage
This map, released with a study from the University of Michigan Health System, shows how an increasing number of state Medicaid programs over the last three years are providing reimbursement for immediate postpartum LARC provision. According to the map, 19 state Medicaid programs now reimburse for an IUD or contraceptive implant placed immediately after a woman gives birth, while eight other states are considering adding such reimbursements to their Medicaid programs. In contrast, no states provided such coverage in 2012 (University of Michigan Health System release, 10/6).