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Low-Income Women's Access to Family Planning

Mississippi 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 of childbearing age with incomes at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level.  

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 diagnosis; laboratory examinations and tests;  voluntary sterilization; HIV blood screenings/STI testing in conjunction with a family-planning encounter.  

The waiver will expire on June 30, 2014.

Miss. Family Planning Demonstration Fact Sheet, Ctrs. for Medicare and Medicaid Servs., Feb. 16, 2006; NARAL Pro-Choice America Survey of State Medicaid Offices

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