MEDICAID IS GOOD FOR WOMEN
Medicaid provides critical preventive and primary reproductive health care services to low-income women, including birth control. It is widely known that access to contraception advances women’s health. Family planning lowers maternal and infant morbidity, and is tied to reducing health disparities. In contrast, women who experience unintended pregnancies may delay obtaining prenatal care and have higher rates of pregnancy complications as a result. Simply put, family planning advances the health and lives of women and their families.
MEDICAID CAN BE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GETTING HEALTH CARE OR GOING WITHOUT
Nationwide, Medicaid covers health care services for 1 in 10 women, serving more than one in five women with incomes below 200 percent below the poverty line (those making less than $23,000/year as an individual or less than $39,000/year as a family of three).
Nearly half of Planned Parenthood patients rely on Medicaid coverage to access affordable, preventive care, including lifesaving cancer screenings and birth control. For millions of women, Medicaid makes the difference between getting access to cancer screenings and birth control, or going without. Recent studies have shown that women with Medicaid coverage are more likely than uninsured women to have received a Pap test in the last two years.