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Low-Income Women's Access to Family Planning

Minnesota 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 men and women between the ages of 15 and 50 with incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level who are not enrolled in other Minnesota health plans.  Additionally, enrollees must be (1) U.S. citizens or persons who meet the state's defined immigration requirements and (2) Minnesota 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 counseling and information; contraceptive supplies, devices, implants and prescriptions; office visits, consultation, examination and medical treatment provided in conjunction with family-planning services; voluntary sterilization; diagnosis, testing and treatment of STIs found during a family-planning visit; HIV testing and counseling.

The waiver is set to expire Dec. 31, 2014. A renewal has been requested through Dec. 31, 2016.  

Minn. Family Planning Project 1115 Waiver Request, Minn. Dept. of Human Servs., July 2002, Section 4.31; NARAL Pro-Choice America Survey of State Medicaid Offices.

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