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Arkansas “Contraception Incentive” for Medicaid Beneficiaries (HB 1868)

This law was last updated on May 12, 2015


State

Arkansas

Number

HB 1868

Status

Failed to Pass

Proposed

Mar 9, 2015

Topics

Insurance Coverage

Full Bill Text

www.arkleg.state.ar.us

HB 1868 would create a “contraception incentive” for low-income women in the state’s Medicaid program. Under this bill, an unmarried woman who already has one child and is receiving Medicaid benefits would be eligible to receive a one-time contraception incentive if she:

  • Consents to have a surgically implanted contraception device or other similar reversible birth control device with a five year or longer period of effectiveness;
  • Receives a surgically implanted contraception device or other similar reversible birth control device with a five year or longer period of effectiveness; and
  • Provides documentation that she already has such a device.

If a woman already has a device, she would be eligible for Medicaid reimbursement for the procedure.

As reported by RH Reality Check:

The bill is reminiscent of the so-called family cap laws that were passed after welfare reform during the Clinton administration. These laws restricted the amount of government assistance low-income families could receive if they had more children.

 


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