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Low-Income Women's Access to Family Planning

Montana provides increased access to reproductive-health-care services through a Section 1115 family-planning waiver. The waivers allows the state to cover family-planning services for women between the ages of 19 and 44 with incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level who do not have other family-planning coverage. The program is limited to 4,000 participants at a time.  Additionally, enrollees must be (1) U.S. citizens or persons who meet the state's defined immigration requirements and (2) Montana 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; pap tests and family-planning-related laboratory testing.

The waiver is set to expire Dec. 31, 2014. A renewal has been requested through Dec. 31, 2018.

Montana Plan First, Project No. 11-W-00276/8, at NARAL Pro-Choice America Survey of State Medicaid Offices.

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