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Low-Income Women's Access to Family Planning

Alabama provides increased access to reproductive-health-care services through a Section 1115 family-planning waiver.  The waiver allows the state to cover family-planning services for women between the ages of 19 and 55 with incomes at or below 133 percent of the federal poverty level, who are not otherwise eligible for state and federal health-care programs. Additionally, enrollees must be (1) U.S. citizens or persons who meet the state's defined immigration requirements and (2) Alabama residents.

Beneficiaries of family-planning coverage available through the waiver are not required to pay premiums or co-payments for covered services.  Covered services include: contraceptive education and counseling; contraceptive supplies, devices, implants and prescriptions; office visits, consultation, examination, and medical treatment; laboratory examinations and tests; and HIV blood testing/sexually transmitted infection testing in conjunction with a family-planning encounter.

The waiver is set to expire on Dec. 30, 2014. A waiver renewal has been requested through Dec. 31, 2017.

Ala. Family Planning Demonstration Fact Sheet, 2009,  at (last visited Aug. 6, 2014); Alabama Plan First Demonstration Waiver, Project No. 11-W-00133/4, at; NARAL Pro-Choice America Survey of State Medicaid Offices.

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