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Data Trends 2022: Contraception

Congress has recently made strides in eliminating barriers to contraception for the growing population of female veterans who are in their childbearing years. The Access to Contraception Expansion (ACE) Veterans Act was introduced to both the Senate and the House in 2021, proposing that patients receiving prescription contraception in the VA be allowed to request full year supplies. Also in 2021, the House passed the Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act, which would eliminate copays charged to veterans for contraception. While these bills have yet to pass into law, they represent important first steps in addressing gaps in reproductive care for veterans.1-4

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  • Access to oral contraception in the VA5

  • Types of contraception used by veterans7

  • To enhance contraceptive access, the Pittsburgh and Puget Sound VA locations began Contraception on Demand, which allowed pharmacists to prescribe contraception and to offer veterans 12-month contraceptive supplies at a single fill. Pharmacists were enabled to prescribe short-acting prescription methods (contraceptive pill, patch, ring, and injection) via telephone consults and provide counseling and referrals for long-acting reversible contraception (LARC: IUDs and implants). This program provided veterans with a safe and convenient way to receive contraception while facilitating access to 12-month supplies.8


 

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