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States Help New Mothers Get Birth Control Through Medicaid
National Public Radio

A woman is about to give birth. It will be her second child, and she’s not looking to have a third anytime soon. She doesn’t want to take birth control pills while she’s breast-feeding. And condoms aren’t as error-proof as she’d like.

There are a couple of alternatives that are safe, effective and could work for years: an IUD or an implant. She’ll need a doctor to get those.

Here’s the catch: Her Medicaid plan won’t pay for contraception if she tries to get it while she’s still at the hospital.

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