New Machine Causing Controversy

By: Karen Kostko
By: Karen Kostko

The new "contraceptive kiosks" may look like an arcade video game, but in fact, they're actually providing women the opportunity to receive free contraceptives. The kiosks are sponsored by Family Planning Health Services, and women ages 15 to 44 can are eligible for the services.

Through the machine, women enroll in the state's Medicaid family planning waiver. They answer questions and provide contact information. The information is then sent back to officials at Family Planning Health Services for review.

"It's an excellent program that provides free care and birth control services too," says Chris Hanke, RN at Family Planning Services in Wausau.

Those opposing the machines say the kiosks hurt more than help. State representative Scott Suder (D) Abbottsford, says quote: "We don't save money at the risk of removing parents and medical decisions. A kiosk can not replace medical care or advice."

Since the machines were installed this spring, more than 48,000 women have enrolled in the waiver program.