What is Family Planning Benefit Program?
This free program provides family planning services to women and men of childbearing age who meet certain income and residency requirements. The program is funded through Medicaid, but you do not need to be a current Medicaid patient to participate. Many more people can get free services with this program than other Medicaid programs.
Who is eligible?
You must meet these requirements:
- Male or female of childbearing age including teens and college students
- New York State resident that meets satisfactory citizenship or immigration requirements
- Eligible income level
- Must be able to have children
What services are covered?
This program provides coverage for family planning-related health care including:
- Most FDA approved birth control methods, devices, and supplies including birth control pills, condoms, the patch, Nuvaring, IUDs and the new method, Implanon
- Emergency contraception and follow-up care – Plan B
- Male and female sterilization
- Preconception counseling, preventive screening and family planning options before pregnancy
The following services are also free when they are part of a family planning clinic visit. You MUST have these services as part of or follow up to a family planning visit or they will not be covered by the Family Planning Benefit Program.
- Gynecological exams including clinical breast exam (mammography not included)
- Pregnancy testing and counseling
- Reproductive health information, education and counseling services related to pregnancy, sexually transmitted infection risk and family planning options
- Screening, treatment and medications for sexually transmitted and genito-urinary infections
- Screening for cervical cancer (Pap smears) and if needed, repeat Pap smears and colposcopies
- Screening, diagnostic, lab testing and referrals to primary care providers for health conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes that affect contraceptive choice
- HIV counseling and testing
What services are NOT covered?
- Fertility treatments
- Problem-centered visits not originally diagnosed during a family planning visit
- Services not related to family planning
Is it confidential?
Yes, Planned Parenthood services and your participation in the Family Planning Benefit Program is 100% confidential. You will have a conversation with our Financial Assessment Representative in a private room. You can request that any mailings be sent to a different address than your home.
If you have health insurance for family planning services but choose not to use it due to confidentiality reasons, your health insurance company will NOT be contacted.
How can I sign up?
Call 1-866-600-6886 (toll-free) to make an appointment with our Financial Assessment Representative.
Gather the information you need for your appointment. Review this checklist for the information that you MUST bring with you to fill out your application.
Come to your completely confidential appointment.
What if I have questions?
Email FPBPinfo@pprsr.org with any questions. Your use of email to communicate protected health information indicates your acknowledgement and acceptance of the risks associated with sending sensitive personal information via standard email. It is our policy not to communicate any protected health information through e-mail or texting because it is not secure. Emailing and texting is equivalent to sending a postcard. The information can be seen by those other than whom it was intended for and there is no way to identify from where or whom it was sent or if it has been altered in any way.Therefore, we also advise you not to send any personal health information using e-mail or text messaging. Please call our Call Center at 1-866-600-6886 to set up an appointment or to have your questions answered.
What if I'm getting free services now?
If you get free services now, you can apply for the Family Planning Benefit Program and make your life easier. You only need to bring proof of income ONCE to your application appointment, along with the other required documents. You will not need to bring proof of income for each clinic visit!
What if I have health care insurance?
If you have health insurance but do not want to use it for your Planned Parenthood services for confidentiality reasons, you can still qualify for the Family Planning Benefit Program (FPBP) if you meet the eligibility requirements. You can also enroll in the FPBP as a backup to your regular health insurance to cover your visit and prescription co-payments. Talk about it with the Financial Assessment Representative at your application appointment.
If your income is too high for the Family Planning Benefit Program, you can pay for services on a sliding fee.