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If you are located in Alaska, you can have a video visit with a provider to discuss birth control options, including the IUD, implant, pill, patch, or ring. If you choose the pill, patch, or ring you can have it delivered discreetly in the mail. Have health insurance? Your cost may be covered. Watch our video to see how it works. 

For mail-order STD testing services, we recommend I Know Mine, a trusted Planned Parenthood partner. I Know Mine's mission is to educate and provide sexual health services to Alaskan youth. You may visit their site to order a free STD kit, available to all ages. 

 Questions? See our FAQs.

Here's how it works. Yes, it's that easy.

Download the iOS app or Android app, or use your laptop browser.

Provide basic info about yourself before you connect with a provider.

Connect with one of our providers in real time via video on your device.

Get discreetly-packaged birth control in the mail.

Insured?
Your cost
may be covered.

How much does a video visit cost?

Prices listed are for online services and require payment at the time of service. The prices for the same services delivered in-person at a health center may be different.

Which birth control products are available?

You can have a video visit with one our providers and we'll help you find a birth control method that is best for you. If you select pill, patch or ring, we can prescribe up to a year's supply and deliver the method in the mail. If you choose other methods, such as the IUD, shot or implant, we can counsel you about the option and then help you schedule an in-person visit at the Planned Parenthood health center closest to you.

Which commercial insurance plans are accepted for this online service?

We accept health insurance plans for this online service, but it varies by state. In Alaska we accept Premera Blue Cross, Regence Blue Shield, out-of-state Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employees Plan.

Additional health insurance plans are accepted at your local Planned Parenthood health center for in-person visits, where we also offer low- and no-cost options depending on your income and situation.

How much do the birth control products cost?

The cost of birth control products may vary by location, depending on what you get. The pill costs $30 per pack. The patch costs $120 per month. The ring costs $110 per month. If you have health insurance, the cost of your birth control may be covered.

Prices listed are for online services and require payment at the time of service. The prices for the same services delivered in-person at a health center may be different.

How long does all of this take?

A visit takes about 15 minutes once you’re online with your provider. When you're ready for a video visit, all you have to do is log in and click Connect below an available provider's name. You'll then answer a few questions and be connected shortly after that. 

Why do I need to use video?

Using video for online services is the law in many states. We also want you to know — to see — that you’re talking to a trusted, Planned Parenthood provider. In order to use video, you’ll need a webcam on your phone or computer. To protect your privacy, we never record video or audio during your visit.

Check out this video to see how video visits work:


 

In what languages are video visits available?

Currently, video visits are available in English only.

What are the hours of operation?

In Alaska, this service is available 8 AM to 8 PM (local time) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and 8 AM to 4 PM (local time) on Saturdays and Sundays.

All visits must be completed prior to closing time. So, plan to start your visit 15 to 30 minutes before closing.

This service is unavailable on holidays.

Can I make an appointment for later?

Yes! Good news -- appointment scheduling is now available in Alaska. Just click "Book an appointment" and select a time and date. You will be notified when it is time for your scheduled video visit.

How do I start my visit?

To get started, simply create an account and log in. To learn more about each provider, you can browse through his/her profile. Choose an available provider by clicking Connect below his/her name. You'll then answer a few questions before you are connected with the provider.

How do I set up my webcam and microphone?

If you’re using a computer, you can test your webcam, microphone, speaker, and internet connection within the Test Computer area. The interactive test will make sure you have all of the proper settings required for a successful visit. For higher quality video and audio during the visit, select Enhanced Video. If you’re having trouble with the connection after your visit has started, you can ask the provider to call you by clicking Call Me on the screen.

If you’re using a mobile phone, download the Planned Parenthood Care app from either the App Store or Google Play Store. Both Apple and Android mobile products come with cameras installed, which make a video visit with a provider possible. You’ll also be able to create an account and choose which provider you’ll connect with for your video visit.

What desktop browsers can I use for this service?

The desktop browser experience isn't working properly. What do I do?

To ensure that the desktop browser experience works properly, you may need to update your browser or install additional software, such as Adobe Flash Player*. You will also need to ensure that both JavaScript and Cookies are enabled in your browser settings. 

* Firefox users must have the latest version of Flash installed. During the installation of Adobe Flash, you will get a message that you could be recorded. Be assured that the video visit is not recorded and Planned Parenthood follows a strict policy for privacy and confidentiality.

Which mobile phones support this technology platform?

Operating System - iOS (v7.0 or later required)
iPhone 4S or later iPad 2 or later
iPad Mini iPad Air iPod Touch 5th generation

Operating System - Android (Gingerbread v4.0.0 or above)
Android Phone
Android Tablet

*Not supported: HTC myTouch, and the PantechP9070

I am having technical issues with the site. Can someone help?

For help with technical issues and account set-up questions, customer care is available 24/7. Simply email [email protected] or call 1-855-503-2273. In addition, our support team is available to address clinical, billing, or other questions during business hours and limited weekend hours (specific times vary depending on where you live). Please note: we cannot offer medical advice via email, so please do not send personal health information in an email.

What forms of payment do you take?

For online services, we accept specific health insurance plans, which vary by state. In Alaska, we accept Premera Blue Cross, Regence Blue Shield, out-of-state Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employees Plan.

We also accept major credit cards, Flexible Spending Accounts, and prepaid debit cards which do not require a PIN.

What name will show up on my credit card statement?

For any services we charge to your credit card, you’ll see our name as Planned Parenthood.

I can’t afford this service. What are my options?

For online services, we accept specific health insurance plans, which vary by state. In Alaska, we accept Premera Blue Cross, Regence Blue Shield, out-of-state Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employees Plan.

If you have one of these plans, update your account before your video visit. To do this, log in at plannedparenthoodcare.org on a desktop browser, and go to My Account > My Profile. Enter your information, and be sure to let your provider know about the insurance at the time of the visit. Also, have your card(s) handy so that we can verify your prescription plan number (RX BIN #).

If your insurance isn’t accepted for online services, or you don’t have insurance, or you cannot afford the video visit service, don’t worry — you still have options. You can visit your local Planned Parenthood health center for an in-person visit where we accept a wide range of insurance plans and where we offer low- and no-cost options depending on your income and situation. Whether you need birth control, STD testing, or a consultation, you can get care, no matter what. For birth control and STD testing, you can get same-day appointments and never have to worry about waiting weeks for care.

Do I need to have an exam or lab tests to get birth control from a video visit?

You will need to provide your most recent blood pressure reading, including the date and location where it was taken. No other lab tests or exams are required for a video visit. That means no pelvic exam, breast exam, or Pap test. The health care provider can figure out if the birth control pill, patch, or ring is right for you just by asking about your medical history and reviewing your blood pressure — just like an in-person office visit.

Why is blood pressure important for birth control?

If your blood pressure is high, or not managed, it can be unsafe to take certain types of birth control. Without providing a recent blood pressure reading during your online visit, you may only be able to get a three-month supply of birth control. That’s why it’s a good idea to have your blood pressure read before your online visit. With that information, your provider can make sure to prescribe a safe method just for you.

Is a social security number required for a video visit?

No, you do not need to tell us your social security number for a video visit.

How do I get a blood pressure reading?

Local grocery stores, health centers, community centers, and fire stations often offer free blood pressure readings. You can also visit 211.org to find a place where you can have your blood pressure checked. Simply click the link, enter your zip code, and then enter “blood pressure screening.”

What if I'm not sure what method of birth control is best for me?

It can be really difficult deciding what method works best for you. Our health care providers can go over your options with you to help you select a method that best suits your lifestyle.

I have questions for my provider following my visit. Can I reach someone?

Will the package I receive have “Planned Parenthood” written on the outside?

You can trust that any package you receive from Planned Parenthood will be delivered in discreet, plain packaging.

How much is shipping?

We do not charge for shipping.

When will I receive my order?

You’ll receive your order in 5-7 days. If you have questions about your shipping status, contact our customer care team by phone at 1-855-503-2273 or you can reach a provider by secure message after logging in to your account.

Do I have to be home when my shipment arrives?

You do not need to be home or sign for your package when it arrives.

Can I pick up my prescriptions at a local pharmacy?

Birth control and STD treatment (and STD test kits) can be delivered in an unlabeled package right to your door with no extra shipping charges. You can also pick up your birth control and STD treatment (though not the STD test kit) from your local pharmacy, just let the provider know during your visit.

How do I close my account?

To close your account, you can contact customer care by email at [email protected] or by phone at 1-855-503-2273.

How do I use my birth control method?

Check out this helpful information on the different birth control methods available here. Also check out It Takes Two for helpful tips on using birth control. 

What if I want to change my method?

If you are interested in changing your method of birth control, you can have a video visit with one of our providers to discuss alternative options. Many women get pregnant when they are switching between birth control methods or brands of pills, so make sure you get the new one from our providers before you stop using your old one.

I’ve just started a new antibiotic. Will this affect my birth control method?

There is no evidence that antibiotics lower the effectiveness of birth control, except for one: Rifampin, an antibiotic used to treat tuberculosis. However, some other medicines and supplements — like St. John’s Wort and medicines used to treat epilepsy and HIV — can affect hormonal birth control.

If you’re worried, log in to your account and send a secure message to one of our providers to discuss whether your new antibiotic will interact with your current birth control method. You can also always use an additional method of birth control like condoms for extra protection.

Can I get a refund?

Your credit card is charged after your video visit is finished. If you’ve ordered any tests or been prescribed medications, these will be charged separately. Once submitted, all charges are final. If you order birth control or an STD test kit and don't receive your order within 10 business days, we will replace the products or refund your money.

How do I get a receipt?

If you have paid with a credit card, you will get a receipt for your video visit and be notified of any additional charges to your card for your birth control or STD test kit by secure message after logging in to your account. You may be able to get reimbursed for the cost of the visit and birth control and STD test from your health insurance company by submitting the receipt.

Can I return my order?

Unfortunately, no. Once your order has been received, it cannot be returned. 

Can I cancel my order?

If the product has not yet shipped, we can cancel your order and refund your money. However, if the product has shipped, we cannot refund your money.

For further clarification, contact our customer care team by phone at 1-855-503-2273 or you can reach a provider by secure message after logging in to your account.

How do I add my health insurance information to my existing Planned Parenthood Care account?

Open your Planned Parenthood Care app and go to "More" and "My Insurance" in the bottom navigation. Edit or add your health insurance.

You can also change your health insurance information by logging into www.plannedparenthoodcare.org. Your username is the email mail you used to create your account. Once you have logged in, select My Account. Next, select My Profile. You can then enter your health insurance company name as well as your Member ID number. You can also update the health plan information in your Planned Parenthood Care app. Go to MORE in the bottom navigation and select My Insurance.

Having trouble logging in? We can help. Call us at 1-855-503-2273.


What if my health insurance isn't accepted for this online service? What can I do?

After you pay for your video visit, you will receive a receipt for the visit and any services provided or products prescribed. You can submit those receipt(s) to your insurance company for reimbursement. Your health insurance plan may cover all or part of your cost of care. However, to be sure, check coverage with your health insurance before having a video visit.  

If you have a flexible spending account (FSA) card, you can also use that to pay for the visit, services, and/or products. Save your receipts to document the use of your FSA. Planned Parenthood also accepts all major credit cards and prepaid debit cards as forms of payment.

And, remember — a wide range of health insurance plans are accepted at your local Planned Parenthood health center for in-person visits, where we also offer low- and no-cost options depending on your income and situation. 

Do I have to have my insurance card with me at the time at the video visit?

Yes. First, when you create your account to do a video visit, you will be asked to select the name of your insurance company and to enter your health insurance Member ID number. Then, during the video visit, the clinician may ask you to show your insurance card so she can snap a photo of it. The clinician might also ask you to double check that your card lists, in addition to your Member ID, identifying numbers like your group number and Rx BIN #.

Some people have a separate prescription card from their insurance card. If that’s true for you, please have both cards handy during the visit. We’ll use the information from your health insurance card and/or your prescription card to make sure we have all the data we need to submit your claim to the insurance company.

If I have insurance, how much will the online visit cost?

If you are in Alaska and have one of the insurance plans accepted there (Premera Blue Cross, Regence Blue Shield, out-of-state Blue Cross Blue Shield, or Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employees Plan), the estimated copay for the video visit is $20.

After your video visit, Planned Parenthood will submit a claim to your insurance company. If your actual copay (or deductible) is less than $20, the difference will be reimbursed to you by crediting your card. If you have a copay (or deductible) greater than $20, we will apply the $20 to your amount due and charge your credit card for the balance.

Can I use Medicaid for video visits?

No. Because of rules and requirements within Alaska, Planned Parenthood cannot accept Medicaid plans for online health services at this time. But don’t worry — if you can’t afford the video visit service, you still have options. You can visit your local Planned Parenthood health center where we do take Medicaid, and where we offer low- and no-cost options depending on your income and situation.

Will my credit card be charged after the online visit?

After your online visit, if you are using one of the accepted insurance plans, Planned Parenthood will submit a claim to your insurance company on your behalf. If your insurance plan doesn’t cover the visit, services, or products prescribed, you will be charged directly. You’ll also receive a secure message notifying you of the amount charged on your credit card.

In Alaska, we accept Premera Blue Cross, Regence Blue Shield, out-of-state Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employees Plan.

How can I find out what will be covered by my health insurance company for this online visit?

It’s always a good idea to give your health insurance company a call before you visit a health care provider to find out what services and products will or will not be covered. This way you can estimate expected costs, make informed decisions during your visit, and not be surprised after your visit if your health insurance company doesn’t cover a service or product.

How much will the online visit cost if I don’t want to use insurance?

The video visit costs $25. Services provided or products prescribed will have separate costs. Scroll up to the find the ZIP code entry field, enter your ZIP code, and find out what services and products cost where you live. We accept major credit cards, Flexible Spending Accounts, and prepaid debit cards which do not require a PIN. The charge on your card will appear as Planned Parenthood.

What if I don’t have insurance? Can I still have a video visit?

Good news — yes, you can have a video visit if you don’t have insurance. However, because of rules and requirements around online health services within Alaska, Planned Parenthood is not able to accept programs like Medicaid or use a sliding scale for fees. That means you will be required to pay, at the time of the visit, the $25 visit fee and the cost of any services provided or products prescribed. Scroll up to the find the ZIP code entry field, enter your ZIP code, and find the costs of services and products where you live.

If you’re concerned about the cost of an online visit without insurance, remember that you have options. You can schedule an appointment for an in-person visit at your local Planned Parenthood health center, where we accept programs like Medicaid and where we offer low- and no-cost options depending on your income and situation.

I have other questions about the service. Who else is available to help?

For general questions about the service, you can contact customer care by email at [email protected] or by phone at 1-855-503-2273. We cannot offer medical advice via email, so please do not send personal health information in an email. If you have questions regarding a recent video visit, you can reach a provider by secure message after logging in to your account. If you’d like to speak with someone about a new medical issue, you can talk with one of our providers by video visit or by visiting your local Planned Parenthood health center.

I have feedback on my experience.

We’d love to hear your feedback! Please email us at [email protected]. We cannot offer medical advice via email, so please do not send personal health information in an email.

We cannot offer medical advice via email, so please do not send personal health information. This should not be used for medical emergencies. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. Allow up to 48 hours for a response.

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This online video consultation experience is available to you on iPhones, Android phones, tablets and desktop. 

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When is this service coming to my state?

Currently, online video visits and prescriptions through the mail are limited to Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, and Washington state. If you live in California, you can get birth controlUTI treatment, or test for chlamydia and gonorrhea at home with a mail-in STD kit. If you live somewhere else, sign up and we’ll let you know when the service arrives in your state.

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