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Low-Income Women's Access to Family Planning

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Tell Congress: Help Women in The Military Get the Birth Control They Need

More women are on active duty in the military than ever before, and they’re being deployed in challenging regions where it’s critical they get the health care they need to do their jobs. It’s time we as a country address this problem and make sure we improve access for these courageous women serving our country.

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How can low-income women get affordable 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, 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 Measures

28 states, as of October 2014, provided expanded access to Medicaid coverage for family-planning services: AL, CA, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, LA, MD, MN, MS, MO, MT, NC, NH, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, VA, WA, WI, WY.

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

1 state provided expanded access to coverage for family-planning services through its own state-funded program: TX.

2014 Enacted State Legislation

3 states enacted 3 measures expanding access to family planning for low-income women and men: LA, NY, NC.

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

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