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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.

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 will expire on Dec. 31, 2014.

NARAL Pro-Choice America Survey of State Medicaid Offices

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