Low-Income Women's Access to Family Planning
New York provides increased access to reproductive-health-care services through a Section 1115 waiver. As part of this waiver, the state is allowed to cover family-planning services for men and women of childbearing age with incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level who are not otherwise eligible for Medicaid, and for women who lose Medicaid eligibility after the 60-day postpartum period who are not otherwise eligible for other federal or state health-care programs. Eligibility for women at the close of their post-partum period lasts for one year.
Covered services include: pregnancy testing and counseling; reproductive-health information, education, and counseling services; all FDA-approved birth-control methods, devices and supplies, including emergency contraception; comprehensive protective-health history and physical examination; prevention and treatment of STIs; screening, testing, ambulatory treatment, and referral for treatment of dysmenorrhea, cervical cancer or other genito-urinary abnormality identified in family-planning services, and treatment for conditions impacting contraceptive choice; HIV counseling and testing; emergency services directly related to the contraceptive method; male and female sterilization; preconception counseling and preventive screening, including review of reproductive history, counseling for healthy lifestyles and screening for conditions impacting on a healthy pregnancy. (The federal government reimburses the state 50 percent for STI treatment.)
The waiver will expire on Dec. 31, 2013. New York has submitted an application to CMS for an SPA. The application is being reviewed as of July 24, 2013.
NARAL Pro-Choice America Survey of State Medicaid Offices