What is the Medicaid Family Planning Benefit Program (FPBP)?
FPBP is a confidential New York State Medicaid program that provides family planning benefits to men and women of childbearing age with incomes up to 223% of the federal poverty level.
For example, a single person (with no children) applying on his or her own can make about $26,000/year to qualify for FPBP.
If you don’t qualify for FPBP or decide not to apply, you may still be able to use PPNYC’s free or low-cost services. Planned Parenthood of New York City will take care of you no matter what!
We strongly encourage you to call (212) 965-7000 or 1 (800) 230-PLAN to make an appointment with one of PPNYC’s Entitlement Counselors and find out more about FPBP and other financial help that may be available.
If I’m under 21, can I still apply on my own?
Yes. Adolescents (younger than 21 years of age) can apply for this program on their own. If you are under 21 years old, your eligibility will be based on your own income, not your parents’ income. Even if you are living at home with family, their income is not included. You do not need to bring in any information related to their income. Your application will be kept confidential.
What if I have health insurance through my parents or spouse, but I don’t want to use it. Can I still apply for FPBP?
Maybe. If you have commercial health insurance (i.e., Aetna, Oxford, etc.) through your parents or spouse or if you have Child Health Plus, but do not want to use it for confidentiality reasons, you can still apply for FPBP. Call (212) 965-7000 or 1 (800) 230-PLAN to make an appointment with one of PPNYC’s Entitlement Counselors to discuss this option.
All types of birth control
Emergency contraception (the "morning-after" pill) and follow-up
GYN exams, including Pap tests
Pregnancy testing and counseling*
Male and female sterilization
STD testing, counseling, and treatment*
HIV counseling and testing*
Colposcopy, cryotherapy, and LEEP*
*when part of a family planning visit
What is not covered?
Abortion services and pregnancy services are not covered under this program. Other services that are not family planning-related, such as dental care, are also not covered under FPBP. Our Entitlement Counselors can help you enroll in other public or private insurance plans that do cover abortion services and all pregnancy-related services. To find out more, please call (212) 965-7000 or 1 (800) 230-PLAN and make an appointment with an Entitlement Counselor.
Where can I get services?
Once you are enrolled in FPBP, you can visit any Medicaid provider for family planning and gyn services. There are no managed health care plans attached to FPBP, so you don’t have to join a plan. There is no limit to the number of visits. Your visit will be covered as long as the provider offers family planning services and accepts Medicaid.
You will not have to pay when you go to the pharmacy for your birth control prescriptions – including Ortho-Evra, the birth control patch – as long as the pharmacy accepts Medicaid.
What documents do I need to bring in?
To find out more, PPNYC has Entitlement Counselors in all four health centers who can help determine if you are eligible for FPBP. Even if you cannot bring the documents, come to your appointment anyway. Planned Parenthood of New York City will take care of you no matter what!
1. Social Security Number: Bring your Social Security card, or at least bring your number (If you were born in the United States and provide a valid Social Security Number, a match with Social Security Administration will verify your SSN, date of birth/age and U.S citizenship. If SSA verifies this information, no further proof is needed. The SSA match cannot verify birth information for a naturalized citizen or immigrant. If not born in the U.S., bring proof of U.S. citizenship or lawfully present immigration status.)
2. Photo ID (bring one): Driver's license, Passport, School ID, Other official photo ID
3. Proof of age (bring one): Birth certificate, Adoption or foster care records, Official hospital or school records (You don’t have to bring this if you are born in the U.S. and bring your Social Security Number)
4. Proof of citizenship or immigration status (bring one): Birth certificate, Passport, Naturalization certificate, INS form -- "Green" card (You don’t have to bring this if you are born in the U.S. and bring your Social Security Number)
5. Proof of residency (dated within the LAST 6 MONTHS -- bring one): Photo ID with address; Postmarked envelope, bill, magazine, etc.; Utility bill; Letter or lease agreement
6. Proof of recent, monthly income (bring all that provide income for you):
Four recent, consecutive pay stubs
Unemployment or Social Security award letter or check stub
Worker’s compensation award letter or check stub
Child support or alimony letter or check stub
Letter from employer
Letter of support from family member