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individual states have some leeway in deciding which services should be included as mandatory. (Photo: Getty Images)

Of the many open-to-interpretation objectives of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the family planning services that are part of “mandatory” benefits have been among the most difficult to pin down. That’s largely because individual states have some leeway in deciding which services should be included as mandatory. At the same time, the several tiers of Medicaid have added to the confusion about what is covered and what isn’t.

Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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