Since the 1980s, Medicaid has been the predominant funding source for publicly funded family planning care, particularly in states that have sought and received federal approval to expand their Medicaid eligibility for family planning. Medicaid-funded family planning results in improved contraceptive use, fewer unintended pregnancies and longer intervals between births, which improve public health while saving taxpayer dollars. Every $1.00 spent on publicly funded family planning saves nearly $5.68 in Medicaid expenditures that otherwise would have been needed.
Medicaid’s importance in providing publicly funded family planning care will only grow as implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) leads to expansion of Medicaid programs in many states for Americans with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL) beginning in 2014.
Learn more about Medicaid:
Medicaid Peer-to-Peer Learning Network
In 2007, NFPRHA established its Medicaid Peer-to-Peer meeting series to bring together family planning program administrators and state Medicaid program staff to discuss key issues related to Medicaid-funded family planning, identify mutual areas of concern and share best practices for operating Medicaid family planning expansion programs. As the ACA is implemented, Peer-to-Peer meetings are addressing the challenges of the transition. You can find information about NFPRHA's upcoming Medicaid Peer-to-Peer meetings on the Events page.
Medicaid Family Planning Listserv
This listserv provides a year-round forum for family planning administrators, providers, and state Medicaid program staff to share information with their peers across the country on a variety of topics, including patient outreach and enrollment, provider reimbursement and navigating multiple funding sources with different requirements. NFPRHA will share information on legislation and regulations impacting Medicaid family planning and will occasionally request information from listserv participants to support its work on family planning, Medicaid and ACA implementation.
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