Comprehensive Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care Services Program
Unintended pregnancies account for nearly 50% of all pregnancies in the U.S. There is a link between unwanted pregnancies and many health and social problems including: inability to complete education, poverty and becoming dependent on the welfare system, poor health and mental health problems, neglect, abuse and family violence. These health and social problems affect not only pregnant women, but also their children, partners and families.
Men and women often obtain family planning services even when they do not receive any other health care. This makes these services even more important to an individual's overall health. Family planning providers are also responsible for screening and referral to other services needed to help men and women stay healthy, such as mammograms or referral for treatment of diseases like high blood pressure.
The New York State Department of Health funds 52 agencies in approximately 207 sites to provide accessible reproductive health care services to women and men. Programs provide services to men and women, especially low-income individuals and those without health insurance. These programs provide:
- Contraceptive (birth control) education, counseling and methods to reduce unintended pregnancies and to improve birth spacing and outcomes;
- Counseling and testing for HIV;
- Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections;
- Routine screening for breast and cervical cancer; and,
- Health education in community settings to promote reproductive health, to prevent unintended pregnancy and to promote access to reproductive and preventive health services.
Currently over 330,000 women and men receive services through the family planning program; 100,000 of those receiving care are teenagers.
Family Planning Extension Program (FPEP)
The Family Planning Extension Program (FPEP) provides up to 26 months of additional access to family planning services for women who were on Medicaid while they were pregnant, but subsequently lost Medicaid coverage when the pregnancy ended. FPEP services can be provided by Department-funded family planning providers. For further information about FPEP, contact the nearest family planning provider.
Family Planning Benefit Program (FPBP)
Medicaid eligibility for family planning services to individuals with incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level was expanded several years ago. Men and women who are not eligible for Medicaid and who meet income guidelines can receive comprehensive family planning services through the Family Planning Benefit Program.
Federal Law (known in New York as the Free Access policy) allows individuals enrolled in Medicaid managed care plans to obtain family planning and reproductive health services from any Medicaid participating provider (in or out of a managed care plan's network), without referral or prior approval of the plan.
New York State law guarantees that all women enrolled in managed care (not only those insured by Medicaid) can go directly to any family planning provider within their plan network, without needing a referral from their primary care provider.