Essential Access Health develops and distributes sexual and reproductive health information to promote healthy decision making and use of services and methods available to prevent unintended pregnancy and the spread of STDs. Essential Access Health also shares up-to-date information about changes in health care coverage and connects women, men and teens to quality sexual and reproductive health services throughout California.
Why is this important?
- In 2008, teen childbearing cost taxpayers in the state of California at least $1.1 billion.
- Unintended pregnancy costs U.S. taxpayers roughly $11 billion each year.
- 34% of teen moms in the U.S. did not earn a high school diploma or GED, compared to only 6% of young women who did not have a teen birth
- STD rates in California continue to rise with rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea the highest among California youth.
- The California teen birth rate continues to decrease. In 2010 the teen birth rate fell to 29 per 1,000 girls, ages 15 to 19, down from 62.9 births per 1,000 in 1995. We must keep moving in the right direction.
Essential Access Health is a proud participant of the Health Happens Here Campaign to support improved health outcomes of all Californians through promotion of quality sexual + reproductive health care for all.
Did You Know?
Sponsored by Essential Access Health, SB 138 requires health plans to honor confidential communications requests (CCRs) submitted by individuals who are covered under another person’s policy when they seek sensitive services like birth control, STD tests, mental health care or any service if they feel that disclosure of information could lead to harm or harassment. When a CCR is submitted, plans must now send information about a health care visit directly to the patient and not the main policy holder. Check www.myhealthmyinfo.org for more information about protecting your private health information.