Question: So yesterday, my boyfriends mother found out that we’ve begun having sex in our relationship. She thinks that it would be a good idea to visit family planning so that we can be safe. I’ll be 20 here in a couple months though and know that if I asked my father about anything sex related that he would flip. I do have his insurance card, however. So I guess my questions are;
-How much is birth control with or w/o insurance?
-If I made an appointment, what all would happen?
-How much is an appointment, is there a fee?
Cost is a big issue for me, so that’s mainly where my questions reside. Thank you.
Answer: Under the Affordable Care Act all preventative services, including reproductive health and birth control, are covered at no cost. However, these services would be itemized on your fathers insurance explanation of benefits or EOB. If you choose not to use your father’s private insurance, Family Planning deciphers a fee based on family size and income of the household. However, FPA never refuses services based on your ability to pay.
Once you make an appointment, the visit itself is like an ordinary appointment at the doctors office. The medical staff will take your blood pressure, height, weight and go over your medical history. Then, you will be screened for pregnancy, chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV. After, you will speak with a nurse on what birth control options would be best for you. Please call to schedule an appointment at 440-352-0608.
Question: I’m only 16 and I need birth control pills. I have a job and am willing to pay for pills but I don’t want to involve my parents because they’d disagree and I probably wouldn’t get what I needed. How much would it be to get pills? Would I need an appointment? What other things would I have to provide?
Answer: Any new patient at Family Planning will need an appointment to get birth control. Parents do not have to be involved in this process according to state law, but family involvement is always encouraged. The cost for birth control pills depends on a few factors. We accept private health insurance and Medicaid, but please keep in mind that if you use your parents’ insurance, they might be able to see “Family Planning” on their summary of services which is usually sent in the mail. If you do not want to use insurance, then the cost is based off a sliding fee scale that is determined by your income. Please call us to schedule an appointment.
Painesville: 440-352-0608 or Ashtabula: 440-992-5953
Question: How much would it cost for me to be put on birth control?
Answer: Family Planning accepts both insurance and Medicaid. In addition, some individuals may be eligible to apply for Family Planning Medicaid, which would cover the cost for any family planning related service (birth control, STI testing and treatment). If you do not have insurance or are not Family Planning Medicaid eligible, the cost for the visit and birth control method would be determined by a sliding fee scale, accounting for family size and income. Irregardless, no one is turned away from Family Planning because of inability to pay. Please call 440-352-0608 to schedule an appointment.
Question: I think I should get tested for STI. How much will it cost to get tested assuming I’m at the top of your sliding scale? Also how much would treatment be assuming I have say chlamydia? I have a burning sensation when I urinate?
How/when can I get tested? Should I be going to the HIV sites? Thanks for all your help.
Answer: Testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea involves a cotton swab for females and a urine sample for males. Family Planning also can test for HIV with a finger prick blood test that will offer results in about twenty minutes. If you have a concern, please call and schedule an appointment in order to get tested as soon as possible 440-352-0608. You also have the option to attend Teen Clinic in Painesville this Monday, October 7th. Scheduling is reserved for teens and you also have the option of walking in if there are no available appointments when you call.
In regards to cost, Family Planning operates off of a sliding fee scale, based off income and family size. However, no one is turned away because of inability to pay.
Question: I recently got rid of my insurance. Do I pay with cash or a check or my debit card?
Answer: Family Planning accepts all forms of payment, including cash, check, Visa and Master credit cards. In addition, some people without insurance can qualify for Family Planning Medicaid, which helps cover the cost for any family planning related service (birth control, STI testing/treatment). No one is denied services so I would suggest calling to make an appointment 440-352-0608.
Question: How much does Implanon or Mirena cost if my insurance doesn’t cover it?
Answer: The Implanon implant has been replaced with a new one called Nexplanon. The cost for the Nexplanon and Mirena at Family Planning is determined by our sliding fee scale, taking in account your household income. Please call and schedule an appointment to determine your eligibility (440) 352-0608
Question: Do you do free testing for chlamydia?
Answer: The cost for all STI testing at Family Planning is determined by our sliding fee scale. The patients income determines where they fall on that scale, so someone with a relatively low or no income would get their testing for a minimal to no cost.
Question: How much could a teen get the pill for without insurance?
Answer: I cannot say exactly how much birth control would be for someone of any age without insurance. The cost for birth control methods is determined by where the person falls on our sliding fee scale, which takes into account the patient’s income. Some people without insurance can qualify for Family Planning Medicaid as well, which helps cover the cost for any family planning related service (birth control, STI testing/treatment). Nobody is denied services here, so I would suggest making an appointment if you’re interested in birth control options. 440-352-0608
Question: I want to get on birth control and I’m wondering how much it will cost or if my insurance company will pay for all of it. My insurance provider is Wellcare.
Answer: If you have Wellcare, Family Planning will bill Wellcare for you birth control. Wellcare would then let you know if you need to pay anything additional for your birth control.
Question: I was just wondering about your hours that you are open. Also with implanon what needs to be done in order to receive that birth control. Also how much would it cost I currently have apex insurance but will soon have CIGNA.
Answer: We are open Monday-Friday, and we are open 1 Saturday every month at both Painesville and Ashtabula. Typically, Mondays and Thursday hours are 11:00 am- 7:00 pm. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday hours are 8:30-4:30 pm. Someone interested in the implant which is now called Nexplanon instead of Implanon would need to come in for an exam first, and would be tested for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia before setting up an appointment to get Nexplanon inserted. If you have insurance, Family Planning would bill your insurance to cover the cost of the device. If you’re interested in learning more about cost, I would recommend calling us at 440-352-0608 to make an appointment.