The state of Iowa has a special Medicaid program that allows men and women to be enrolled in Medicaid to receive family planning services only. This program, called the Iowa Family Planning Network (IFPN), is a form of limited insurance coverage. If you are able to enroll in the IFPN, most of your basic family planning services will be paid for by Medicaid. However, it does not meet the Affordable Care Act requirements for a minimum essential benefits plan.
The primary objectives of the Iowa Family Planning Network are to:
- Increase the spacing between births
- Improve future birth outcomes
- Reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and births paid by Medicaid
What services are provided by the IFPN?
- Pap Tests
- Birth Control Counseling
- Pelvic Exams
- Pregnancy Tests
- Voluntary Sterilization
- Emergency Contraception
- Limited STD Testing and Treatment
Who can sign up for the IFPN?
- Women whose pregnancies and deliveries were covered by Medicaid will have family planning services covered by Medicaid for an additional 12 months without having their eligibility re-determined.
- Men and Women, ages 12 – 54, who are legal residents of Iowa and whose income is up to 300% of poverty are eligible.
- Non-U.S. citizens if they qualify
Please note the following exceptions:
- Men and women who are enrolled in traditional Medicaid or the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan cannot enroll in the IFPN.
What is needed to sign up?
The IFPN expands Medicaid covered family planning services to those who meet the following criteria:
- You must be a US citizen or a qualified non-citizen. U.S. citizens will have to provide proof of citizenship such as a birth certificate or passport.
- Non U.S. citizens must bring appropriate documentation
- You must be an Iowa resident.
- Your income must be below 300% of poverty. The income requirement varies based on household size. Please click HERE to determine your income status. You will need to show proof of income, such as pay stubs, for a month.
- You will need to show proof of identify through a photo ID.
Why is the IFPN important?
IFPN is important because it provides women, men, and teens free and confidential contraceptive services. It also ensures that individuals have the coverage to receive any contraceptive method of their choice, and does not require an individual to meet a deductible before they are eligible for coverage. An unintended pregnancy can lead to personal and financial obstacles for both partners. Through the IFPN individuals can receive high quality, confidential services and focus on reaching their personal goals.
How do I access the IFPN?
- You can apply for the IFPN at any local family planning clinic or 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.
You can have private insurance coverage and be enrolled in the IFPN. The IFPN would pay for family planning services costs that your insurance does not pay, such as deductibles.