Data About Contraceptive Needs in the U.S. After the Affordable Care Act

In February 2016, the American Journal of Public Health published an article about contraceptive needs and costs in the United States after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act coauthored by George Washington University’s Leighton Ku and Erika Steinmetz. (August E, Steinmetz E, Gavin L, Rivera M, Pazol K, Moskosky S, Weik T, Ku L.  Projecting the Unmet Need and Costs for Contraception Services after Health Care Reform, American Journal of Public Health 106(2): 334–341.) 

The article compared projections of the number of insured and uninsured low-income women (15 to 44 years old) in each state who are in need of contraceptive services (e.g., sexually active and not planning to become pregnant). Based on data about the cost of providing contraceptive services in family planning programs, we estimated the remaining costs to provide public family planning services to the remaining uninsured women in each state and in the nation.

An appendix with data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia was supposed to have been published as an online supplement to the article (and was cleared for publication by the federal government). Because the planned appendix was not published previously, and in light of continuing interest in family planning services in the U.S., we are releasing it here.  (See below.) 

Please note that there have been a number of changes since these analyses were conducted and we have not updated these data. 

If you have questions about these data, please contact Prof. Leighton Ku at lku@gwu.edu.