The Kentucky and Indiana Planned Parenthood affiliates will merge next month, creating a new non-profit that will operate 28 centers across the two states.
It will be known as Planned Parenthood of Kentucky and Indiana. The centers will offer services such as pregnancy tests, birth control, breast exams and Pap tests.
Planned Parenthood of Kentucky Chairwoman Kim Greene says the combined affiliate will have 190 employees at the centers and its administrative headquarters in Indianapolis, with a few job duplications in IT and finance.
“We have had to consolidate three of those sorts of positions, but other than that, there will be no other employee changes, employee losses.”
Greene says the implementation of the Affordable Care Act has made the merger necessary to more effective serve patients.
A recent report on the welfare of children in Tennessee highlights the importance of public programs.
State health and child welfare experts have released the latest Kids Count report, which this year examined challenges to raising children in Tennessee, and whether state programs are doing enough to help them.
Among the report's findings was that nearly half of the state's pregnant women don't receive adequate prenatal care, and less than a third of teens from poor families are finding work.
Linda O'Neal is executive director of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth and was among those discussing the report.
According to The Tennessean, O'Neal said the poor economy has hurt the welfare of children in Tennessee, which "highlights the importance of public programs" like the one that provides in-home visits for families with newborns.