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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.  Additionally, enrollees must be (1) U.S. citizens or persons who meet the state's defined immigration requirements and (2) Mississippi 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 diagnosis; laboratory examinations and tests;  voluntary sterilization; HIV blood screenings/STI testing in conjunction with a family-planning encounter.

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

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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