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Low-Income Women's Access to Family Planning

Delaware provides increased access to reproductive-health-care services through a Section 1115 waiver.  As part of this waiver, the state is allowed to cover family-planning services for up to 24 months for women who lose Medicaid eligibility.  

Beneficiaries of family-planning coverage available through the waiver are not required to pay premiums or co-payments for covered services.  Covered services include: health education and counseling; limited history and physical examination; laboratory tests if medically indicated as part of decision-making process for contraceptive methods; diagnosis and treatment for STIs if medically indicated as part of a family-planning visit (pharmaceuticals prescribed to treat STIs outside of a family-planning visit are not covered); screening, testing and counseling of at-risk individuals for HIV and referral for treatment related to the family-planning visit; follow-up care for complications associated with contraceptive methods issued by the family-planning provider; provision of contraceptives, devices, and supplies; tubal ligation, pregnancy counseling and testing.  

The waiver will expire on Dec. 31, 2013.  

Del. Diamond State Health Plan Demonstration Fact Sheet, Ctrs. for Medicare and Medicaid Servs., Dec. 31, 2006;  Del. Medicaid Managed Care, 1115 Waiver Protocol Doc., Sept. 22, 1995;  NARAL Pro-Choice America Survey of State Medicaid Offices

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