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What will happen to birth control, insurance, abortion and Planned Parenthood in the future? 

You Have Questions. We Have Answers. 

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 the 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: If you have a need now—even one that could wait—it would be a good idea to make an appointment to come in. 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: This provision of the health care law is still in effect which means that some birth control is still covered without a copay. That hasn’t changed. It’s possible it could change in the future but the change won’t be immediate.

Plans that provide contraceptive coverage sometimes only cover certain brand names of medications within a given method of birth control without any type of out of pocket expense. It is recommended that you contact your insurance company to get an approved list of contraceptives that have no out-of-pocket expense.

Q: Should I get an IUD or implant now in case the health care law changes?  I’m afraid my insurance is going to be taken away; can I have my IUD/IMPLANT removed and a new one put in early?

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 medical staff can help you find the birth control method that is best for you. If you are sure you want an IUD or implant now, we would suggest you go ahead and get one. It’s possible that there could be changes in the health insurance laws that might impact coverage for this service.

Q: Can I schedule my Pap early while I still have insurance?

A: In general most insurance companies only cover one preventive Pap test per year.  If you have had an abnormal Pap that requires a follow-up test you may have out-of-pocket expenses due to the exam and test falling into a problem category and not a preventive. Since rules vary by insurance plan and provider, it is best to check with your insurance provider prior to receiving medical care to prevent any unexpected out-of-pocket expenses.

Q: Can I renew my birth control while I still have insurance?

A: Yes. If you have a concern about your birth control or would like to change methods, we’re here to help. Our medical staff 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. We don’t know how the ACA may be changed but nothing has changed so far.

Q: If Planned Parenthood is defunded, will there be other options, such as a sliding scale fee to help offset the cost of future visits.

A: At this time, we don’t know if we will be able to offer a sliding scale.

Q: Is my Medicaid going to be taken away?

A: At this time, we don’t know what will happen with Medicaid; it is unlikely that anything will happen immediately.

Q: If you close down, will it be immediately?

A: No; no changes will happen immediately.

Q: Will I be able to get my health records?

A: Yes.

Q: If Planned Parenthood isn’t here, who’s going to be here to help?

A: We will do everything we can to be here for our patients. If we are unable to do so, we will do our best to refer you elsewhere for your reproductive health care needs.

Q: Can I still sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act / Obamacare?

A: Open enrollment for 2017 has ended. You may still be able to enroll in health coverage if you've had a qualifying life event or are eligible for Medicaid. 2018 open enrollment will start in November 2017. Visit PlannedParenthoodHealthInsuranceFacts.org 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: Am I safe to book an abortion? Are you closing because of the new laws?

A: We are not closing and you are safe to book an abortion. Planned Parenthood provides, and will continue to provide, safe and legal abortion services. While we may face renewed attempts to restrict access to abortion, 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.

Q: How can I get involved and help?

A: Here are some 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 supportppswo.org.
  • Sign up online to volunteer with Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region. We are so grateful for the overwhelming support. We are accepting online volunteer applications and developing more opportunities to support reproductive health care access; however, given the volume of new applicants, we ask for your patience as we respond to all inquiries. Go to ppswo.org.
  • Book an appointment to get your care from us. Encourage your friends to do the same!
  • Follow us: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.