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Medicaid Family Planning Expansions and Related Preventive Care

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Wherry, Laura. 2013. "Medicaid Family Planning Expansions and Related Preventive Care." American Journal of Public Health, 103(9): 1577-1578.

I examined the impact of state expansions in eligibility for Medicaid family planning services on the utilization of Papanicolaou (Pap) tests, clinical breast examinations, HIV testing, and routine doctor check-ups among women aged 21 to 44 years using the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (1993-2009). Using a natural experiment approach, I found significant increases in Pap tests and clinical breast examinations among women eligible for services under the expansions but no significant change in HIV testing or routine doctor check-ups.

DOI:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301266 (Full Text)

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