Low-Income Women's Access to Family Planning
Florida provides increased access to reproductive-health-care services through a Section 1115 family-planning waiver. The waiver allows the state to extend eligibility for family-planning services for 24 months for women between the ages of 14 and 55 who have lost Medicaid coverage within the past two years and have incomes at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level. Additionally, enrollees must be (1) U.S. citizens or persons who meet the state's defined immigration requirements and (2) Florida 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: initial and annual family-planning visits, including health history, pre-examination education, physical exam, required laboratory tests, contraceptive method selection, supplies, and post-exam interview; health information and counseling visits to discuss family-planning method chosen or available; supply visits and any prescriptions for the contraceptive method.
The waiver is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2014. A renewal has been requested through Dec. 31, 2017.
Florida Medicaid Family Planning Waiver, Project No. 11-W-00135/4, at http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-Topics/Waivers/1115/downloads/fl/fl-family-planning-pa.pdf; NARAL Pro-Choice America Survey of State Medicaid Offices.