More low-income women will be eligible for Medicaid family planning services in Maryland when a new law takes effect in the state next week.
The expansion will allow Maryland women who are at or below 200 percent of the poverty level to be eligible for services such as pelvic exams, screenings for breast and reproductive cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes. Tests for sexually transmitted diseases, counseling and prescriptions for contraception also are provided.
Previously, Maryland only allowed women to be eligible for the program after they had their first baby.
Supporters of expanding the program say it will improve women's health and save the state millions of dollars.
The measure received bipartisan support.