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Low-Income Women's Access to Family Planning

Missouri provides increased access to family-planning services through a Section 1115 waiver.  The waiver allows the state to cover family-planning services for women losing eligibility after a 60-day postpartum period, regardless of income, for one year.  Additionally, Missouri offers expanded services for uninsured women ages 18 to 55 who have a net family income of at or below 185 percent of the FPL and who have assets totaling no more than $250,000.  These women remain eligible for the program as long as they continue to meet eligibility requirements and require family-planning services.  Additionally, enrollees must be (1) U.S. citizens or persons who meet the state's defined immigration requirements and (2) Missouri residents.

Beneficiaries of family-planning coverage available through the waiver are not required to pay premiums or co-payments for covered services.  Covered services for eligibility groups include: contraception counseling, devices, medications, and implants; pap smears and pelvic exams; and STI testing and treatment related to a family-planning visit.

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

Missouri Women's Health Services Program, Project No. 11-W-00236/7, at; NARAL Pro-Choice America Survey of State Medicaid Offices.

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