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Measure aiming to expand family planning introduced in Congress

Measure aiming to expand family planning introduced in Congress

Guttmacher Report on Public Policy 2(3): 11-12

Responding to promising state efforts to expand Medicaid-funded family planning services, Senators John Chafee (R-RI) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced legislation on March 25 to make it easier for other states to follow suit. The Family Planning State Flexibility Act would give states the option to expand Medicaid family planning services to additional low-income women without first seeking a waiver from the federal government. Under existing law, states desiring to extend family planning services to low-income women whose incomes are above the state's regular Medicaid eligibility ceiling must apply to the Health Care Financing Administration for special permission to do so. The Chafee-Feinstein bill would eliminate this administrative obstacle and allow states to expand coverage to all women with incomes up to 185% of the federal poverty level, extend eligibility for family planning beyond the current cutoff point of 60 days postpartum, or extend eligibility for up to 1 year for women losing Medicaid coverage because of an increase in family income.

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