Comprehensive Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care Services Program

The New York State Department of Health funds 48 agencies in more than 170 sites that provide accessible, confidential reproductive health care services to women, men, and adolescents, especially low-income individuals and those without health insurance. In many cases, services are provided at no charge. This program provides:

  • Contraceptive (birth control) education, counseling and a broad range of methods (including long-acting reversible contraception such as IUDs and implants) to reduce unintended pregnancies and to improve birth spacing and outcomes;
  • Preconception health services;
  • 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.

In 2016, over 300,000 women and men received services through the NYSDOH family planning program; more than 50,000 of those receiving care were adolescents.

Unintended pregnancies account for nearly 50% of all pregnancies in the U.S. There is a link between unintended pregnancies and many health and social problems: inability to complete education, poverty, poor physical and mental health, neglect, abuse and family violence. These health and social problems affect not only pregnant women, but 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 such services even more important to an individual's overall health. Family planning clinicians also provide screening and referral to other health services such as mammograms or treatment of high blood pressure.

Family Planning Benefit Program (FPBP)

The Family Planning Benefit Program (FPBP) is a public health insurance program for New Yorkers who need family planning services, but may not be able to afford them. It is intended to increase access to confidential family planning services and to enable women, men and adolescents of childbearing age to prevent and/or reduce the incidence of unintentional pregnancies.

Family Planning Extension Program (FPEP)

The Family Planning Extension Program (FPEP) provides 24 months of family planning services for women who were pregnant while in receipt of Medicaid (regardless of how that pregnancy ended), but who are no longer eligible for Medicaid after their 60-day postpartum period.

Women who are eligible for benefits through FPEP, are covered on the eMedNY system using a Client Benefit Identification Card (CBIC) to access services from any Medicaid enrolled family planning service provider. Additional information about FPEP may be obtained by contacting Local Departments of Social Services offices, the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA), or by calling the Medicaid Helpline at 1-800-541-2831.

Free Access

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.

Open Access

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 a referral from their primary care provider.

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