Is Teen Pregnancy Really a Problem in CT?
In fact, it is. In some parts of Connecticut, adolescent childbearing is a very significant problem when compared to the state overall. Certain communities consistently differ from the statewide average of all births to Connecticut mothers that occur when the mother is still a teenager. In fact, data analyzed by the Family Planning Program at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UConn Health indicate that in some communities, the proportion of all births to teen mothers is double that of the statewide average.
The purpose of this website is to provide the most current information on strategies being used to prevent adolescent pregnancy in Connecticut. This website describes where in Connecticut adolescent childbearing is at its worst, as well as the specific approaches that the Connecticut Department of Social Services supports to address this problem.
The Connecticut Teen Pregnancy Prevention website is a product of the Family Planning Program in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UConn Health. Funding is provided through a grant from the Connecticut Department of Social Services. Data has been provided by Connecticut Department of Public Health.
Would the End of the ACA Have An Impact on Teen Pregnancy and Adolescent Childbearing in Connecticut?
It might. One of the provisions in the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, indicates that health care plans in the health insurance market place are required to cover contraceptive methods and counseling for all women and that the plans must cover these services without charging a co-payment or coinsurance when provided by an in-network health care provider, even if a woman has not met her deductible. Doctor prescribed FDA-approved contraceptive methods including barrier methods like diaphragms and sponges, hormonal methods like bill control pills, implanted devices like IUDs, and, emergency contraception are all covered in the ACA as it currently stands. For many teens at risk for becoming teen parents, cost of contraception can act as a significant barrier to access to birth control. So elimination of the ACA and the requirement for health insurance plans to cover contraception could greatly impact teens at risk for becoming parents. The debate on this matter is likely to be intense. Learn more.