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Family Planning Services
 

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The Family Planning Services program in Pennsylvania provides services, information and counseling on health care for women, men, and teens.  Services are free or low-cost and are always confidential.

Who Qualifies?
The program provides family planning and family planning-related services, pharmaceuticals and supplies to women and men of any age who:

  • are not otherwise eligible for Medical Assistance;
  • have an income at or below 215% of the Federal Poverty Limit;
  • are not pregnant;
  • are residents of Pennsylvania; and,
  • are U.S. citizens or if not U.S. citizens, have a satisfactory immigration status and identification.

What Services Are Covered?
The following is a partial list of the services included in this Family Planning Services program: 

  • Office visits to your family planning health care provider for evaluation, follow up and referral to other health care providers as necessary
  • Counseling from your health care provider regarding pregnancy: to prepare for pregnancy, to prevent unintended pregnancies and to enable individuals to control the timing and spacing of pregnancies
  • Initiation and management of contraception, including male and female sterilization
  • Birth control supplies and medications
  • Prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) with vaccine and condoms
  • Treatment of STDs through medications and/or procedures
  • Laboratory services for the screening of STDs, HIV (the virus that causes AIDS), anemia, sickle cell disease and pregnancy
  • Screening and education regarding breast, reproductive and testicular cancer
  • Counseling regarding smoking cessation

A typical family planning office visit for women may include: a pelvic exam; screenings for breast and reproductive cancers; screening for high blood pressure, anemia and diabetes; tests for sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV; counseling about a woman's plans for pregnancy, and if appropriate, a prescription for contraception.

A typical family planning office visit for men may include: testing and treatment for STDs and condoms for prevention, HIV testing and prevention education, testicular exams and education about testicular cancer, and information on safe and effective contraception for you and your partner.   

If you have questions about what is covered, please check with your provider.

How to Apply:
You can apply for the Family Planning Services program by:

COMPASS is the online application for Pennsylvanians to apply for many health and human services programs, including the Family Planning Services program.  This is the easiest and fastest way to apply for family planning services and is the preferred method. 

The paper application is called "Application for Health Care Coverage."  It is available at the County Assistance Offices (CAOs) and at this site.  After you complete the application, you will need to mail it to your local CAO.

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