Removing Barriers and Improving Choices: A Case Study in Reproductive Health Services and Managed Care

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Abstract

Managed care contains inherent structural features that can create obstacles to time-sensitive, confidential reproductive health services. Such structural impediments often exacerbate the sociocultural barriers that have historically affected low-income women–the population that has been targeted for mandatory enrollment in Medicaid managed care plans in many states. This article recommends public policy strategies to overcome and prevent multiple barriers that were identified in a New York-based study in 1995, which focused on access to reproductive health services in managed care settings. This article also includes updated evidence supporting the study's findings and its relevance to other states.

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