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 waiver 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.
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 on Dec. 31, 2013.
Montana Health Care Programs Notice (June 11, 2012) at http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-Topics/Waivers/Waivers.html?filterBy=montana; NARAL Pro-Choice America Survey of State Medicaid Offices