This program is starting in Boston, with hopes to roll out nationwide soon after. The Liletta will cost no more than $75 out of pocket, and qualifying women will get it free through a permanent patient assistance program.

Back when I got my first IUD, it wasn’t nearly the popular choice it is today. I had to go into the clinic armed with research as to why I should get one even though I didn’t have kids. They only allowed women who previously had children to get them because of all of the risk assumed. And this was in the early 2000s, the stigma from the old Dalkon Shield days still hung around in doctors offices. I had to apply for financial aid to cut down the price, and even after a partial grant I still paid $750 out of pocket. It’s in the top 3 of the best investments in myself I’ve ever made.

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Thank you, The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, for backing this and making this option a reality for women who previously couldn’t afford it.