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Low-Income Women's Access to Family Planning

Georgia 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 ages 18 through 44 with family incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level who are otherwise ineligible for Medicaid and do not have any other health insurance.  Additionally, enrollees must be (1) U.S. citizens or persons who meet the state's defined immigration requirements, (2) Georgia residents, (3) not pregnant, and (4) able to have a baby (have not had a tubal ligation or hysterectomy).

Beneficiaries of family-planning coverage available through the waiver are not required to pay premiums or co-payments for covered services.  Covered services include: family-planning initial exam and annual exam; contraceptive services and supplies; follow-up family-planning visits; pregnancy tests and pap smears; testing, medication, and follow up for sexually transmitted infections found during the family-planning exam (does not include HIV/AIDS and hepatitis); counseling and referrals to social services and primary health-care providers; tubal ligation; family-planning pharmacy visits; vitamins/folic acid; and select immunizations for participants ages 19 and 20.

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

Georgia Planning for Healthy Babies, Project No. 11-W-00249/4, at; NARAL Pro-Choice America Survey of State Medicaid Offices.

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