What is the 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?
In order to be 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 Nexplanon
- Emergency contraception and follow-up care
- 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 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, STD risk and family planning options
- Screening, treatment, and medications for STDs 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 can request that any mailings be sent to a different address than your home.
If you (or your parents) 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 to make an appointment or to speak to a representative.
Once you have made an appointment, you must 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. You can save time by filling out the application ahead of time (English, Spanish). Please bring the printed application with you to your visit.
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 visit.
What if I have health care insurance?
If you have health insurance or are on your parents 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 if you meet the eligibility requirements. You can also enroll in the program as a backup to your regular health insurance to cover your visit and prescription co-payments. Talk about it with the Family Planning Benefits Coordinator and Planned Parenthood staff members at your appointment.
If your income is too high for the Family Planning Benefit Program, you can pay for services on a sliding (discounted) fee under our Title X (10) program.