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Low-Income Women's Access to Family Planning

Pennsylvania 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 female Pennsylvania residents between the ages of 18 and 44 with incomes at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level who are not otherwise eligible for state health-care programs and who have no other family-planning insurance coverage.  Additionally, enrollees must be (1) U.S. citizens or persons who meet the state's defined immigration requirements and (2) Pennsylvania 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: 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; and laboratory testing associated with a family-planning encounter.

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

Pennsylvania Select Plan for Women, Project No. 11-W-002535/3, at; NARAL Pro-Choice America Survey of State Medicaid Offices.

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