Low-Income Women's Access to Family Planning
New Mexico provides increased access to reproductive-health-care services through a State Plan Amendment (SPA) to its Medicaid program. The SPA creates a limited-eligibility group, allowing individuals who do not otherwise qualify for the Medicaid program to obtain family-planning services. The SPA allows the state to cover family-planning services for women and men with family incomes at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level who are not currently enrolled in Medicaid. Additionally, enrollees must be (1) U.S. citizens or persons who meet Medicaid citizenship requirements and (2) New Mexico residents.
Beneficiaries of family-planning coverage available through the SPA are not required to pay premiums or co-payments for covered services. Covered services include: reproductive-health exams, including Pap smear; screening for sexually transmitted diseases; counseling services for family planning; laboratory tests; birth control, including pills, rings, condoms, Depo-provera, IUD's, diaphragms, natural family planning, supplies and devices; emergency contraception; sterilization.
NARAL Pro-Choice America Survey of State Medicaid Offices