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.

To find out what the family services inclusion trend has been among the states, the Kaiser Family Foundation asked the 50 states and the District of Columbia to share their policies on family planning service inclusion. Not everyone responded; but Kaiser did gather data from 41 of the 51 entities.

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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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