Half of all Planned Parenthood’s patients rely on Medicaid coverage to access affordable, preventive care, including lifesaving cancer screenings and birth control. Women who have access to adequate health care coverage are more likely to receive routine health tests, including Pap tests, as well as to seek out family planning services, including birth control. And by investing in women’s health care, state taxpayers save money in the long run. However, this investment only benefits those states which have expanded Medicaid coverage to cover all individuals under 138 percent of the poverty line. Although accepting federal funds to expand Medicaid has proven to save states billions of dollars, states such as North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia refuse to close the “coverage gap.” As a result, thousands of women go without proper health care coverage, and ultimately without access to preventive care. Planned Parenthood is critical in maintaining that low-income and underserved women have access to the medical care they deserve, and will continue to advocate for the expansion of Medicaid until all states have expanded their coverage.