You may be wondering if you can still get your health care at Planned Parenthood. Our health centers are open as usual, and staff are doing what they’ve always done: getting up in the morning; opening our health center doors; and providing expert, affordable health care to anyone who needs it.
Insured or uninsured, we’ve got you covered.
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. If you do not have health insurance, make an appointment or call us too. We’ve got you covered.
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. If it does change in the future, make sure to sign up to get email alerts in the future so we can keep you posted, or you can always come back to check this website page.
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 clinicians and 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 is a change in the law. That means if you use Medi-Cal or if you enrolled through Covered California and get subsidies for your health insurance, nothing has changed.
Q: Can I still sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act / Obamacare?
A: Marketplace open enrollment for 2016 is over, but you may be eligible to enroll in a Marketplace plan now under special circumstances; and if you qualify for Medi-Cal, enrollment is open year-round. If you don’t have health insurance, 2017 open enrollment begins on November 1, 2017, and runs until December 15, 2017.
Most people who are uninsured get financial help to buy a plan. If you already have coverage under ACA, you can update your information or look for a new plan until November 1. Visit Planned Parenthood Health Insurance Facts to find out what type of health care coverage you’re eligible for, which plans include Planned Parenthood health centers, and to find local in-person assistance.
Q: Is the Family PACT program still available?
A: Yes, Family PACT 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 California's Family PACT program if you are a California resident, have no other health coverage for the family planning services you need, and meet specific income requirements. Ask our front desk staff about the Family PACT program. 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. While we may face renewed attempts to restrict access to abortion in other parts of the country, California has constitutional protections regarding abortion. 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 preventive and reproductive 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 but we will never stop fighting to protect access to the full range of care our patients depend on: affordable birth control, STD testing and treatment, cancer screening and abortion. We are 100 years strong. We won’t go back and we 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. Our partner organization, the ACLU of Northern California has great resources explaining your rights as an immigrant, pregnant and parenting student, LGBTQ+ person and more. Information is available in Spanish and English.
Q: How can I get involved and help?
A. We’re glad you asked! There are many ways that you can show your support:
Donate! Our donations are a major part of what keeps our doors open. Anything helps. To donate, visit us here.
Sign up online to volunteer with Planned Parenthood Northern California. We are so grateful for the overwhelming support. We are accepting online volunteer applications and developing more opportunities to support us; however, given the volume of new applicants, we ask for your patience as we respond to all inquiries.
Sign up online to volunteer with the Planned Parenthood Northern California Action Fund. To get involved with our political and advocacy work, sign up online for action alerts here.
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