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How can low-income women access costly family-planning services?

All women should have access to basic reproductive-health care regardless of their income, but the high cost of health care and health insurance puts family-planning services financially out of reach for many. For these women, the Medicaid program is a vital safety net—but many who need Medicaid do not qualify for their state’s program because of limited eligibility rules.

Traditionally, to try to remedy this problem, states apply for a waiver from the federal government to expand eligibility. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), now states may submit a State Plan Amendment (SPA) to expand access to their state’s family-planning program under Medicaid permanently. This type of change, as opposed to a waiver subject to continuous review and modification, has the potential to streamline enrollment and reduce administrative costs, making it a better policy option for many states.

Current State Laws

32 states, as of October 2013, provided expanded access to Medicaid coverage for family-planning services: AL, AZ, AR, CA, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, LA, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NC, NH, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, VA, WA, WI, WY.

  • 22 states provided this coverage through a waiver obtained from the federal government: AL, AZ, AR, DE, FL, GA, IL, IA, LA, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NC, NY, OR, PA, RI, WA, WY.
  • 10 states provided this coverage through a SPA: CA, CT, IN, NH, NM, OH, OK, SC, VA, WI.

2013 Enacted State Legislation

1 state enacted 1 law expanding access to family planning for low-income women and men: NH.

View a map of all states with Low-Income Women's Access to Family Planning.

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