Low-Income Women's Access to Family Planning
Alabama provides increased access to reproductive-health-care services through Plan First 1115 Research and Demonstration 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.
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. 31, 2014.
Ala. Family Planning Demonstration Fact Sheet, 2009, at http://www.medicaid.state.al.us/documents/ROBIN_5_16_05/3C_Family_Plan/3C-6-f-General.Information.Plan.First_3-23-09.pdf (last visited Dec. 14, 2011); NARAL Pro-Choice America Survey of State Medicaid Offices