Support the Expansion of Medicaid Family Planning Services

Resolution Number SAC09.82

Support the Expansion of Medicaid Family Planning Services

WHEREAS, during these difficult economic times, states are being forced to cut their safety net health care programs just as more and more families need access to quality, affordable health care and allowing states to provide primary care and family planning services to women under Medicaid without having to obtain a federal waiver is a proven-effective approach to expanding coverage for basic, primary health care services, while at the same time generating significant cost savings for states and the federal government and would give states the option to establish parity between eligibility for pregnancy-related care and eligibility for family planning services under Medicaid; and

WHEREAS, allowing states to provide primary care and family planning services to women under Medicaid without having to obtain a federal waiver would simply allow states to expand their Medicaid family planning services, including cancer screenings and other preventive care, to more women in need, without having to go through the burdensome Medicaid waiver process and despite the proven success of Medicaid family planning expansions, the cumbersome waiver application and renewal process (running on average 22 months) delays implementation and wastes state resources; and

WHEREAS, under current law, women of child-bearing age are not eligible for Medicaid coverage until after they become pregnant, unless they are disabled or they have children who are enrolled in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. However, because most low income women cannot enroll in Medicaid until they become pregnant, states, including California, have had to obtain waivers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide primary care and family planning services to low income women of child bearing age before they become pregnant;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party calls on the California Congressional Delegation and President Obama to respond to this crisis by allowing states to provide primary care and family planning services to women under Medicaid without having to obtain a federal waiver, and extend basic health care to millions more women.

Submitted by Lyn Shaw-Hilfenhaus, Chair, CDP Women's Caucus
and Democratic Women of the San Fernando Valley
 
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Adopted by the Executive Board
Of the California Democratic Party?At its Executive Board Meeting
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Burlingame
July 19, 2009

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