What special Medicaid coverage is available to women?

Medicaid provides a range of health care services to women, including preventive care, reproductive health care, and maternity care. In addition to the standard Medicaid benefits, some states offer special coverage for women, which may include:

  1. Family planning services: Medicaid covers a range of family planning services, including contraceptives, counseling, and education.
  2. Pregnancy-related services: Medicaid covers pregnancy-related services, including prenatal care, labor and delivery, and postpartum care for up to 60 days after delivery.
  3. Breast and cervical cancer screening: Medicaid covers breast and cervical cancer screening, as well as diagnostic and treatment services for women who are diagnosed with cancer.
  4. Treatment for certain conditions: Medicaid covers treatment for certain conditions that affect women, such as sexually transmitted infections, osteoporosis, and urinary incontinence.
  5. Services for women with disabilities: Medicaid covers a range of services for women with disabilities, including home health care, personal care services, and assistive devices.
  6. Behavioral health services: Medicaid covers a range of behavioral health services, including mental health and substance abuse treatment, which are important for women’s overall health and well-being.

Cancer Prevention and Treatment

Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment (BCCPT) Medicaid programs are available to eligible women who are diagnosed with either breast and/or cervical cancer through the state screening program. You may be eligible even if you have a higher income. States have flexibility to define what it means to have been diagnosed or screened under the program.

Medicaid Options for Pregnant Women

Pregnant women may have special eligibility for Medicaid coverage for themselves and their infants at little or no cost if they have limited income.

Medicaid eligibility for pregnant women varies by state, but all states must cover pregnant women with incomes up to about $20,000 as an individual. Most states cover pregnant women under Medicaid with higher incomes, and some states cover pregnant women under the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

It’s important to note that Medicaid benefits can vary by state, so it’s a good idea to check with your state’s Medicaid agency or your health care provider to find out more about the specific services that are available to you.


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