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by Lexi Patronis, Glamour
Three million patients go to Planned Parenthood 750 centers every year, and now, the organization has announced that every one of them will be able to get the exact same care services wherever they are. So if you go to school in Florida but live in Massachusetts, for example, you'll be able to get the exact same types of birth control in both places.
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According to Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood Federation of America Senior Director of Medical Services, the plan will be in place by the end of 2013 (some centers have already began to roll out the service). "In addition to affordable well-woman exams and critical cancer prevention screenings, every Planned Parenthood health center will provide rapid HIV testing and STI screening, testing and treatment for both men and women, the HPV vaccine, and the full range of birth control options (such as the IUD)," Nucatola says.
And, if you've never before visited Planned Parenthood before, Nucatola says it's easy to find one near you via the site (where there are also online widgets like My Method, which helps you find the type of birth control that best fits your life), or even chat/text Planned Parenthood with any questions (just text GLAMOUR to 774636).
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"We're really excited about the Affordable Care Act kicking in, too," she says. "It will mean that more women who don't have insurance now will be able to get insurance to see the health care provider of their choice, including Planned Parenthood. And women who already have insurance will get added coverage, like birth control at no cost."
Pretty cool, right? So do you use Planned Parenthood health centers? And if you haven't--would you?
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