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New Family Planning Expansion in Prince George’s County
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New Family Planning Expansion in Prince George’s County

 

The following information was sent to us by Scott L. Peterson:

 

On Wednesday, November 16, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, Del. Heather Mizeur, and Del. James Hubbard will host an event to highlight a new bipartisan state law that will provide free family planning services for low-income women in Maryland.

 

Women can sign up immediately, and free family planning services – including breast and reproductive cancer screenings, pelvic exams, sexually transmitted disease testing, pregnancy counseling, and contraception – will be available beginning on January 1st. 

 

The Family Planning Works Act enacted in the 2011 session now allows all women up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level – about $22,000 per year for a single woman – to receive free family planning services.  Nearly 35,000 low-income women statewide will be eligible for services.

 

Maryland ranks near the bottom nationally in its rates of infant mortality and other birth outcomes measures, and Prince George’s County, Baltimore City, and the Eastern Shore have the most critical women and infant health needs in the state.  This expansion will improve birth outcomes by reversing infant mortality and low birth weight rates, improving the health of mothers and babies, and reducing the number of abortions.  Additionally, the reduction in unintended pregnancies and births is expected to produce $20 million to $40 million in savings for the state budget.

 

Other Family Planning Awareness events will be held in Baltimore City and on the Eastern Shore.

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