UAMS has a received a $600,000 gift from an anonymous donor to provide long-acting reversible contraception devices for uninsured post-partum patients in Little Rock and Fort Smith.
The devices and birth-control implants are inserted before a patient is discharged from a hospital after giving birth to reduce unintended pregnancies and increase birth spacing, UAMS said in a news release.
Insertions can cost more than $3,000 and aren’t currently reimbursable by the state Medicaid program.
The donation covers second-year funding for a grant initiative that supplied the devices to 297 women at hospitals in 2022.
This year, a UAMS team led by Dr. Nirvana Manning, chair of the UAMS College of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, intends to provide the devices to 449 patients.
The grant funds also support clinician training “to increase knowledge and create clinical champions within the hospital network,” according to UAMS’ application for the grant funds.