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Low-Income Women's Access to Family Planning

Oregon 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 all men and women of childbearing age with incomes below 250 percent of the federal poverty level who are not enrolled in traditional Medicaid state and federal health-care programs.  Additionally, enrollees must be (1) U.S. citizens or persons who meet the state's defined immigration requirements and (2) Oregon 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 education and counseling; contraceptives (includes FDA-approved over-the-counter medication, injectables and implants); office visits, examinations and HIV blood screenings/STI testing in conjunction with a family-planning encounter.  

The waiver is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2014.

Oregon Family Planning Expansion Project, Project No. 11-W-00142/0, at; NARAL Pro-Choice America Survey of State Medicaid Offices.

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