Who can get low or no cost family planning services?
- Uninsured, low-income Massachusetts residents who make less than 300% of the federal poverty level. (For the year 2015, one person who earned $35,016 per year or less, or a family of four that earned $71,556 or less, would qualify for low or no cost family planning services.)
- Massachusetts residents of any insurance status that need confidential care (including adolescents or survivors of violence)
- Low-income Massachusetts residents who have a health plan that does not cover birth control methods
Contact a local MDPH Family Planning Program for more information about whether you qualify.
What services do family planning programs offer?
Family Planning Programs are funded to provide the following low or no cost services to low-income residents in MA. For more information about how to access these services, you may:
- Contact your local MDPH-funded Family Planning Program
- Visit Bedsider to search by zip code for a local family planning provider
Clinical services may include:
- Counseling and education on sexual communication and healthy relationships, reproductive life planning, reproductive anatomy and physiology, fertility, and all of the following services provided
- Complete gynecological and breast exams
- Cervical cancer screening and follow-up
- Diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases
- Emergency contraception
- Birth control
- Pregnancy testing and options counseling
- Follow-up and referral for identified medical problems
- Preconception care
- HIV counseling and testing, on-site at some agencies and by referral at others
- HPV and other vaccinations, on-site at some agencies and by referral at others
Education, technical assistance, and outreach services may include:
- Classes or workshops on reproductive health, sexuality, and STD and HIV prevention
- Training and resources for parents, teachers, health care providers and other professionals
- Participation in community health fairs, events and media campaigns
- Participation in community coalitions
- Collaboration with other organizations serving high-risk populations
Clinical wraparound services may include:
- Translation assistance
- Transportation assistance
- Other services that improve client access to clinical services
Contact your local MDPH-funded Family Planning Program to find out which services are available in your community.
Find a Family Planning Program
Statewide Family Planning Program Provider Network
Family Planning sites are located in a variety of settings such as community health centers, hospitals, and community based service organizations. 12 agencies have over 80 sites located throughout the state. These agencies also provide education and outreach to communities within their region and can respond to specific requests from members of the community for workshops, materials or training.
Contact the family planning program near you for more information about the services available to you. Visit Bedsider to search by zip code for a local provider.
More help for people who need low or no-cost family planning services:
- Health Care For All
This helpline provides health care education and client advocacy for residents in MA, and can help you find the health insurance plan or free care program that best meets your needs.
More information: Visit Health Care For All or call (800) 272-4232 (Spanish and Portuguese available)
This public health insurance program offers benefits to a wide range of people based on their family size and income. To contact MassHealth Customer Service or request an application.
More information: Visit MassHealth or call (800) 841-2900 (Spanish and other languages available)
- Health Safety Net
This free care program helps Massachusetts residents who are ineligible for MassHealth or Commonwealth Care, or who are seeking confidential care, get family planning and other medical services for low or no-cost at hospitals and community centers.
More information: Visit Health Safety Net, then click on the "For Patients" link
- Health Connector
This interactive guide helps MA residents learn how to choose a low-cost health insurance plan that meets their needs.
More information: Visit Health Connector or call 877 MA-ENROLL (877) 623-6765 (Spanish available)
- Family Planning and Insurance Information For Young Adults in Massachusetts
This health insurance guide helps young adults (ages 18-26) learn how to choose a health insurance plan that meets their sexual and reproductive health needs.
More information: Visit Little Black Book Health (Spanish available)