Phoenix, Arizona — The Arizona Department of Health and Human Services is asking residents of the Phoenix Water Clinic for the $9,600 the clinic charges for emergency contraception and birth control pills.
The state said Thursday it will pay the clinic’s fees on a one-year lease until January, after which it will sell the lease to private owners.
The agency said the clinic was created in 2009 to serve low-income women, but since then it has seen its patients decline and now costs more than $50,000 per year.
The state is seeking reimbursement for the cost of the rent and other expenses for the clinic, which it said it has been in the process of closing.
The department is asking the public for $8,800 to cover the rent.
The clinic charges about $2,200 for the morning-after pill, which is prescribed to prevent pregnancy.
The cost of those pills varies by state.