The National Women’s Law Center submitted a comment on the Idaho §1115 demonstration application related to family planning referrals.
The Law Center urges the Department of Health and Human Services to reject the Idaho demonstration application. If the proposal goes into effect, Medicaid beneficiaries will be required to get a referral from a primary care provider to a family planning provider in order to obtain coverage of services from that family planning provider. The proposal does not comply with the requirements of § 1115 of the Social Security Act, would be harmful to people who need Medicaid coverage to obtain family planning services, and offers no legitimate experimental purpose. It would be especially harmful to women in Idaho who are more likely to rely on Medicaid for health coverage that enables them to stay healthy, care for their families, and retain economic security.