Medicaid expands birth control access

February 21, 2011 • Family Planning, Reproductive Health, United States, Daily Email Recap

As reproductive health advocates brace for a wave of state-level abortion restrictions, they also see a glimmer of hope in a little-noticed health reform provision: increased Medicaid access to family planning and contraceptives.

The expansion of birth control coverage under health reform could offer a rare space for common ground on reproductive health issues. As Republicans revive the debate over abortion in Congress, most recently with legislation that would codify the Hyde Amendment, conservative states have actually begun warming to the new family planning provision.

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