Family Planning Program

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The Family Planning Program (FPP) is for men and women who are 12-54 years of age. The FPP helps with the cost of family planning related services. The FPP is a state-funded DHS program which replaced the Iowa Family Planning Network (IFPN) program. Eligibility and covered benefits did not change. The location where you receive services may have changed. As of July 1, 2017, eligible IFPN members transitioned to the FPP.

For more information on the FPP view the FPP Brochure (FPP Español) or the FPP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ Español).

What is the Family Planning Program (FPP)? 

This program allows men and women to get family planning services only. This program is a form of limited insurance coverage. If you are able to enroll in the FPP, most of your basic family planning services will be paid for. However, it does not meet the Affordable Care Act requirements for a minimum essential benefits plan.

Where can I go for services after July 1, 2017?

The State of Iowa has established specific criteria for which health care providers can participate in the FPP. A list identifying health care providers that can provide services under the FPP can be found here. (Under "type" select "FPP Provider.")

 Providers include:

  • FPP Family Planning Clinics
  • Medical Clinics
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
  • Rural Health Clinics (RHCs)

 

What is the purpose of the FPP?

  • Increase the spacing between births
  • Improve future birth outcomes
  • Reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and birth paid by Medicaid

What services are covered? 

  • Birth Control Exams
  • Birth Control Counseling
  • Limited Testing and Treatment for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
  • Pelvic Exams
  • Pap Tests
  • Pregnancy Tests
  • Birth Control Supplies
  • Voluntary Sterilization
  • Emergency Contraception
  • Ultrasounds (if medically necessary and related to birth control services)
  • Yeast Infection Treatment

What types of birth control are covered? 

  • Birth Control Implants
  • Intrauterine Devices (IUDs)
  • Birth Control Pills
  • Depo Provera Shots
  • Sterilizations
  • Vasectomies
  • Diaphragms, Cervical Caps, Vaginal Rings
  • Condoms
  • Spermicidal Suppositories
  • Birth Control Foam/Jelly/Sponges
  • Basal Thermometer

Who is eligible for the FPP? 

Persons eligible for FPP benefits are:

Men and women, ages 12 through 54, who are:

  • Iowa residents or
  • U.S. citizens or qualified immigrants
  • Who meet income limits (see table below)
  • Women whose pregnancies and deliveries were covered by Medicaid will have family planning services covered for an additional 12 months without having their eligibility re-determined.

In determining FPP eligibility, the household’s countable monthly income shall not exceed the amounts shown in the chart below for a household of the same size.

FAMILY PLANNING PROGRAM (FPP) MONTHLY INCOME LIMITS: 300% OF POVERTY

Note: The income does not apply if a woman qualifies because she was receiving Medicaid when her pregnancy ended.

The gross income (before taxes and other deductions) received by any person included in the household size must be counted. Income received by a parent for a teen (e.g. child support, social security benefits) is not counted for the teen’s eligibility unless the parent makes it available to the teen.

How do I apply for the FPP?

  • You can apply for the FPP at an FPP family planning clinic.
  • You can also apply at the local DHS office in your area.
  • Remember that your income, citizenship and identity must be verified.
  • Services will be available immediately; however, it may take up to 30 days for an eligibility determination to be made.

Does the FPP keep my information private?

Yes. The FPP provides confidential services.

Source: Iowa Department of Human Services 2017