What will happen to birth control, insurance, Medicaid, abortion, and Planned Parenthood in the future?
You have questions. We have answers.
Here are answers to some of the questions we’re getting from concerned patients and supporters.
Q: Should I make all my doctor appointments ASAP?
A: It’s always a good idea to make the health care appointments you need and manage your preventive care. As always, be proactive about your health — and remember that right now nothing has changed regarding the health care law.
Q: Is my birth control still covered without paying a copay?
A: Yes. This provision of the health care law is still in effect which means that birth control is still covered without a copay. That hasn’t changed.
Q: Should I get an IUD or implant now in case the health care law changes?
A: If you have a concern about your birth control or would like to change methods, we’re here to help. IUDs and implants are very popular because they are long-acting and reversible — but birth control is not “one size fits all.” Our women’s health experts can help you find the birth control method that is best for you.
Q: What’s going to happen to the Affordable Care Act / Obamacare?
A: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still in effect and will stay that way unless there’s a change in the law. That means if you use Medicaid or if you enrolled through a NY State Program and get subsidies, nothing has changed.
Q: Is the Family Planning Benefit Program (FPBP) still available (The program known for providing free birth control to those who qualify)?
A: Yes, FPBP insurance for no-cost family planning services remains in effect and has not changed. If you do not have insurance, you may be able to receive these services under New York State’s Family Planning Benefit Program if you are a NY resident, have no other health coverage for the family planning services you need, and meet specific income requirements. Ask our front desk staff about FPBP. If you are eligible, we can enroll you at the time of your appointment and provide services immediately. Remember: Planned Parenthood’s doors are open to everyone — whether they have insurance or not.
Q: What’s going to happen to abortion? Can I still get an abortion?
A: Yes, Planned Parenthood provides safe and legal abortion services. And Planned Parenthood will continue to fight for everyone in our communities to have access to this important service when they need it.
Q: Do most Americans oppose Planned Parenthood and/or abortion rights?
A: Not at all. In fact, the majority of Americans support access to health care at Planned Parenthood and want abortion to stay safe and legal.
Q: What’s going to happen to Planned Parenthood?
A: There is uncertainty ahead of us as anti-women’s health legislators target us, but we will never stop fighting to protect access to the full range of care our patients depend on: affordable birth control, STI testing and treatment, cancer screening and abortion. We are 100 years strong and won’t back down.
Q: I’m from a family of immigrants. Should I be worried?
A: Planned Parenthood’s doors are open to everybody, regardless of their immigration status, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, or income. You are welcome here. You can access resources about your rights through the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) at www.aclu.org/know-your-rights.
Q: How can I get involved and help?
A. Here are some ways that you can show your support:
Stand with Planned Parenthood and learn immediate actions you can do by visiting https://www.istandwithpp.org/
Donate! Our donations are a major part of what keeps our doors open. Anything helps. To donate, visit ppnc.org/donate.
Sign up online to volunteer with Planned Parenthood of Nassau County. Click here: www.bit.ly/PPNCVols
Host a fundraiser. Click here: bit.ly/PPNChost
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