Planned Parenthood has been in the news a lot lately. So it’s understandable that you may have some questions about "defunding", insurance, birth control, abortion, and ways you can help Planned Parenthood.
The main thing to know is that our health centers are open as usual, and staff are doing what they’ve always done; opening the health center doors and providing expert, affordable health care to anyone who needs it.
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Here are the answers to some common questions we’ve gotten from patients and supporters.
Q: What’s happening to the Affordable Care Act / Obamacare?
A: Despite what you might be hearing in the news, The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still in effect. While some politicians in Washington are trying to repeal the ACA/Obamacare, there are many hurdles a bill would need to clear before it becomes law. That means if you use Medi-Cal or if you enrolled through Covered California and get subsidies, your coverage is not changing right now. Planned Parenthood is still here, just like we have always been, and you can make an appointment or walk-in for services as normal.
Q: What is the next step in the ACA repeal?
A: A bill must go through a long process before it becomes law. Both the House and the Senate must pass it, the President must sign it, and sometimes it gets challenged in the court system. We don’t know yet exactly what will happen with this particular bill, but we are committed to fighting against anything that will restrict access to reproductive health services.
Q: What does “defunding” Planned Parenthood mean?
A: Defunding means that the federal government will no longer pay Planned Parenthood for taking care of people with Medi-Cal coverage for their health services. It does not mean that you cannot receive care from us, it means that we will not be reimbursed by Medi-Cal for that care. A section in the ACA repeal (see above) includes language to unfairly keep Planned Parenthood from participating in the Medicaid program.
Q: If Planned Parenthood is "defunded", will you close?
A: As always, we will continue take care of people who have Medi-Cal plans, are uninsured, or undocumented. Our doors are open to everyone and we believe that all people deserve high-quality, affordable health care and accurate sexual health education and information.
We intend to stay open and take care of the patients in our community, as we have for the past 50 years.
Q: Is my birth control still covered without a copay?
A: Yes. Right now nothing has changed regarding the health care law (Obamacare). This means that birth control is still covered without a copay.
Q: Is abortion still legal? 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: 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 providers are experts in women’s health and can help you find the birth control method that is best for you.
Q: I’m from a family of immigrants. Should I be worried?
A: Our doors are open to everybody, regardless of their immigration status, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, or income. You are welcome here.
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 eligible for the 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.
What YOU can do to help.
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.
Here are some ways you can take action and show your support:
Help spread the word. Share with your friends and family that our doors will remain open so that they know that can continue to count on us for health care.
Donate. Make a donation at a health center or through the Community Action Fund to support advocacy efforts that help protect Planned Parenthood against defunding efforts.
Sign up for updates. Sign up to receive information regarding upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and action alerts from the Community Action Fund.
Share your story. Tell us how Planned Parenthood has made a difference in your life. Your story is powerful and we want to hear from you!
Volunteer. We need people to advocate for women’s health and reproductive rights and to make a difference in the community.
Write a letter. Had a great experience at one of our health centers? The staff works very hard to provide all patients with high-quality care and they appreciate letters of support and thanks.
Make an appointment A great way to show support for Planned Parenthood is to continue to come in for high-quality, affordable care.