The Family Planning Benefit Program

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The 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 teens, women and men of childbearing age to prevent and/or reduce the incidence of unintentional pregnancies.

You may be eligible for the FPBP if:

  • You are a female or male of childbearing age;
  • You are a New York State resident;
  • You are a U. S. citizen*, national**, Native American, or have satisfactory immigration status;
  • You meet certain income requirements; and
  • You are not already enrolled in Medicaid or Family Health Plus.

You may still be eligible for the FPBP if you are already covered by other health insurance (including Child Health Plus) but you wish to apply only for Family Planning Services coverage.

*United States Citizen: For the purposes of qualifying as a United States citizen, the United States includes the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands. Nationals from American Samoa or Swain's Island are also regarded as United States citizens for the purpose of Medicaid eligibility.

**National: A "national" is a person who is not a U.S. citizen, but who owes permanent allegiance to the United States and may enter and work in the U.S. without restriction. A "national" who is otherwise qualified may, if he becomes a resident of any state, be naturalized upon completing the applicable requirements. Examples of nationals are: (1) persons born in American Samoa and Swain's Island after December 24, 1952; and (2) residents of the Northern Mariana Islands who did not elect to become U.S. citizens.

Family Planning Services include:

  • Most birth control methods, devices, and supplies (e.g., birth control pills, injectables, or patches, condoms, diaphragms, IUDs)
  • Emergency contraception (Plan-B) services and follow-up care
  • Transportation to family planning visits

The following additional services are considered family planning only when provided within the context of a family planning visit and when the service provided is directly related to family planning:

  • Pregnancy testing and counseling
  • Comprehensive health history and physical examination, including breast exam and referrals to primary care providers as indicated (Mammograms are not covered).
  • Screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STI's)
  • Screening for cervical cancer and urinary tract or female-related infections
  • Screening and related diagnostic laboratory testing for medical conditions that affect the choice of birth control, e.g. a history of diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, blood clots, etc.
  • HIV counseling and testing
  • Counseling services related to pregnancy, informed consent, and STD/HIV risk counseling

Make an appointment today at either Bronx Health Services or Milbank Health Services to apply for the program with an enroller.  Here is what you should bring with you to the appointment:

  • Social Security Number (you do not have to provide the actual card, just the number)
  • Proof of citizenship or immigration status. If you are a U.S. and provide a valid Social Security Number (SSN), no further proof is needed.
  • Photo ID
  • Proof of income, like recent paycheck stubs (if you are working) or a letter from your employer
  • Proof of where you live, like a postmarked non-window envelope from mail you received recently