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Birth control prices increase

YAKIMA, Wash. - Local clinics like Planned Parenthood that offer free birth control to low-income patients, maybe feeling the pinch after some suppliers raise prices.

According to the President and CEO of the Central Washington Planned Parenthood, Anna Franks, due to the price increase, Planned Parenthood can't provide the birth control patch, Ortho Evra.

If Planned Parenthood could get the patch at a lower rate and reimbursements from insurance companies were higher, they could offer the patch to their patients, Frank said.

"Ortho was very generous," Franks said. "Now they are simply saying (because prices are going up, we can't afford to do that when we can sell them to someone for a lot more money. So unfortunately, people making less money are taking the hit on this one."