Bush Admin Rejects States’ Requests to Extend Family Planning

The federal government announced plans to reject all requests pending from states to provide more contraception and family planning services to Medicaid recipients. Although women on Medicaid are currently eligible for contraceptive coverage, it is only within certain time and income limits. Currently eight states have proposal pending that would either extend the benefit period or offer coverage to women in higher income levels–all of which will be rejected under the new federal guidelines mandating expansion of Medicaid programs only through comprehensive changes. During the Clinton administration, ten states were granted funding to extend family planning services to more Medicaid recipients.


The New York Times, The Washington Post

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