What is the Family Planning Program?
The Family Planning Program offers free benefits that include services such as pelvic exams, birth control and sterilization. If you are eligible, you may choose to enroll in a health plan and the Family Planning Program. If you or a household member are eligible for Medicaid or Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP), you do not need to enroll in family planning; these benefits are already available to you.This program is limited to family planning services and will not meet your other health insurance needs.
What benefits does the Family Planning Program offer?
- Advice about birth control methods
- Physical exams, including pelvic and breast exams
- Screenings, such as Pap smears for sexually transmitted infections, when done as part of the family planning visit
- Birth control pills and devices, such as an intrauterine device (IUD)
- Emergency contraception
- Permanent sterilization (must be age 21 or older).
Does this program provide prenatal services?
This program does not cover prenatal services, abortion services, or services to assist with infertility.
What does it cost to enroll in the Family Planning Program?
There are no fees to enroll, no monthly premiums, no deductibles or annual limits, and no co-pays for birth control prescriptions.
Who qualifies for the Family Planning Program?
Low income men and women of any age who meet the following requirements:
- Maryland resident
- U.S. citizen or qualified alien
- You may qualify if your monthly income in 2019 is about $2,748 for a one-person household. To find out if you qualify, call the Family Planning Program at 1-855-692-4993.
Who should not enroll in the Family Planning Program?
- Anyone who has Medicare
- Anyone who has had a permanent sterilization
If I enroll in the Family Planning Program will I be required to join a Managed Care Organization (MCO)?
No, you are not required to join an MCO. You will receive a family planning card, which allows you to visit any family planning provider in Maryland who accepts Medicaid. If you already have a primary care doctor, contact him or her about participation in the Family Planning Program. Most local health departments, community health centers, federally qualified health centers, and Planned Parenthood also accept the card.
What does the Family Planning Program card look like?
The Family Planning Program card is purple and white.
Should I enroll in the Family Planning Program if I am already enrolled or I am planning to enroll in Medicaid or MCHP?
No, if you are enrolled or newly eligible for Medicaid or MCHP, you already have family planning benefits. Call your MCO if you need help finding a family planning provider.
If I enroll in a private health plan, can I also enroll in the Family Planning Program if I’m eligible?
Yes, if you are eligible for both a private health plan and the Family Planning Program, you may enroll in both programs.
If I do not want to enroll in Medicaid or a private health plan, can I enroll in the Family Planning Program only?
Yes, if you only want family planning services, you can enroll in the Family Planning Program without enrolling in Medicaid, MCHP, or a private health plan. However, the Family Planning Program is not health insurance and will not cover other kinds of health care services, including having a baby.
If some of my household members want to enroll in the Family Planning Program and some do not, can we enroll in different programs on the same application?
Yes, each eligible household member can make selections independently.
Can I apply for retroactive coverage of benefits provided by the Family Planning Program?
Yes, you can apply for program benefits for up to three months prior to the date of your application.