Question: I just found out I’m pregnant and I was trying to see if you guys do ultrasounds or check to see if your baby is healthy ?
Answer: Family Planning Association does not provide ultrasounds. We can write an order for a person to get an ultrasound at another facility but the patient would be responsible to cover the cost. Cost of an ultrasound may vary depending on the provider. Call local OBGYN’s in your area for further information.
If you are interested, FPA has Certified Application Counselors on staff that can assist you in applying for insurance or Medicaid. Because you are pregnant, you qualify for the special enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act that can help cover your prenatal costs. Please call 440-352-0608 (Painesville) or 440-992-5953 (Ashtabula) if you have any additional questions or if you would like to schedule an appointment.
Question: Do you have any referrals or links where I can get a free mammogram, with no insurance?
Answer: Women that meet specific age and income guidelines may qualify for no cost mammograms through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Project at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (1-800-443-2168 or 216-201-2062). Mammogram screening is recommended for woman at average risk starting at age 40. Younger women who are at a higher risk of breast cancer, earlier screening may be recommended. It is also important to conduct regular at home breast exams and any changes in look or feel of the breast needs to be reported to your healthcare provider.
If you are interested in applying for private insurance of Medicaid, FPANEO has Certified Application Counselors on site that can assist you with the enrollment process. Call 440-352-0608 (Painesville) if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.
Question: I have genital herpes and my insurance just got cancelled. I’m having an outbreak and in a lot of pain but can’t get my prescription refilled. Any way I can get help there?
Answer: If a client does not have insurance or Medicaid, Family Planning assess cost using a sliding fee scale. FPA serves all members of the community, regardless of ability to pay and accepts donations. FPA also has Certified Application Counselors on staff to assist you if you are interested in applying for insurance or Medicaid. Please call 440-352-0608 (Painesville) or 440-992-5953 (Ashtabula) to schedule and bring proof of income to your appointment.
Question: How does the sliding fee scale work if I’m not eligible for any government insurance?
Answer: Family Planning Association assess cost based off of household income and family size but never refuses services because of inability to pay. Please call the Painesville clinic (440-352-0608) or Ashtabula clinic (440-992-5953) for additional questions or to make an appointment.
Question: So, I do not have insurance nor a job as I have literally just moved to Ohio. My IUD has dislodged itself and is causing me pain. How can I get help as someone without a job? Are there alternatives to maybe figure out cost like me bringing in a W2?
I’m really not wanting to pay the huge tab on a ER visit for such a simple thing so please let me know if there is something you can do or other alternatives so I can get your services.
Answer: The Family Planning Association uses a sliding fee scale that asses cost based off of household income and family size. Please call the Painesville clinic (440-352-0608) or Ashtabula clinic (440-992-5953) to make an appointment. If you are interested, you can also visit with one of our Certified Application Counselors for information or assistance in applying for private insurance or Medicaid.
However, it is an emergency if you believe your IUD is dislodged. Please do not wait for an appointment at Family Planning and go to the ER right away.
Question: Okay, I don’t really know where to begin. I was on birth control for two years and then I stopped taking it. I have gained a ton of weight in the past 6 months or so, and my periods have been every other month. They are not regular at all, and when I do get a “period”, its extremely light and its just basically spotting. I have taken multiple pregnancy tests, and they all come back negative. I got tested for a thyroid problem a while back, and he said it was a bit high. I am just wondering if there is anything you guys can do for me, or if I should just go see a regular doctor. I do not have any health insurance, and the doctors visits can get pretty pricey, which is why I am trying to avoid going. I do not want to be on birth control as I would like to have a kid sometime in my near future. If you could help me out, that would be great. Thank you!
Answer: Depending on your age, it is normal to females under the age of 25 to have an irregular menstrual cycle and experience fluctuations in weight. However, because you are not actively using a hormonal method, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with a primary care doctor and transfer your thyroid test results. Similar to Family Planning, the Lake County Free Medical Clinic offers a sliding fee scale for individuals who are uninsured 440-352-8686. If you are in need of an annual pelvic exam or assistance with applying for Medicaid, we encourage you to call Family Planning to schedule an appointment 440-352-0608.
Question: As of right now I do not have insurance and I am not employed. I was wondering if I would be able to come in for an exam? and what would the cost be?
Answer: The Family Planning Association works off of a sliding fee scale if a client does not have private insurance or Medicaid. The clinic will ask you how much income your household brings in and how many people are living off of that income and asses the fee for your visit. However, Family Planning can offer you services regardless of your ability to pay. Please call 352-0608 to make an appointment. In addition, we also have a Certified Application Counselor on staff to help you apply for Medicaid if you are interested or have any questions.
Question: Can i get the day after pill from you without having to pay? There was something unexpected that happened and i cant afford it.
Answer: Family Planning works off of a sliding fee scale if a client does not have private insurance or Medicaid. The clinic will ask you how much income your household brings in and how many people are living off of that income. However, Family Planning can offer you services regardless of your ability to pay.
Emergency contraception needs to be administered within 72 hours of the unprotected sexual act. Please call as soon as possible to schedule an appointment 352-0608.