Medicaid Managed Care and Women’s Health

Executive Summary

Over the past 30 years, managed care has become the dominant service delivery model used for Medicaid programs across the country. The majority of low-income women and children enrolled in Medicaid now obtain services through managed care plans. A key feature of many managed care arrangements is the requirement that enrollees obtain services from a specified network of providers. This can present challenges for meeting the unique needs of women. This paper provides an overview of special considerations for women?s health coverage in Medicaid managed care.

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