Family Planning Only

Providers can find information on the Health Care Authority's (HCA) Family Planning Only program, including covered services, recent changes, client and provider enrollment, training, and more.

Automatic enrollment to end

Automatic enrollment for Family Planning Only – Pregnancy Related will end with the end of the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) on May 11, 2023.

What services are covered?

Family Planning Only covers:

  • One comprehensive preventive family planning visit every year (365 days) and any necessary family planning-related follow-up visits.
  • Counseling, education, and/or risk reduction.
  • Education and supplies for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved contraceptives, natural family planning, and/or abstinence.
  • Permanent methods such as tubal ligations (tubes tied), hysteroscopic sterilization, or vasectomy.
  • When appropriate, pregnancy testing and cervical cancer screening.
  • Sexually transmitted infection screening, testing, and treatment, when medically indicated by symptoms or report of exposure, and medically necessary for safe and effective use of the client’s chosen contraceptive method.
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations.

For more details on coverage, see the Family Planning billing guide.

Not covered services

Family Planning only does not cover:

  • Other vaccinations
  • Mammograms
  • Services unrelated to family planning, including:
    • Follow-up of abnormal pap smears
    • Pregnancy care
    • Evaluation and treatment of health problems like diabetes, asthma, or high blood pressure

How do clients apply?

For details on Family Planning Only for clients, visit the Family Planning Only client webpage. To assist your patients in applying, share the Family Planning Only client brochure (available in multiple languages).


Clients can reapply for Family Planning Only coverage every 12 months for as long as they are eligible.

How do I enroll as a provider?

To learn more about provider enrollment, determine eligibility, or revalidate, visit the Become an Apple Health provider page.

Is there provider training?

HCA will continue to update materials and host presentations for providers, patient navigators or assisters, billing staff, or anyone who works with the family planning programs. We will also host FPO office hours to address questions or concerns. See dates, times, and registration links below.

If you would like to request a specific training or program presentation, email HCA Family Planning Only.

FPO office hours

Date and time Registration and details
  • Tuesday, July 18, 2023
  • 12:15 p.m. (Pacific)
  • Tuesday, November 21, 2023
  • 12:15 p.m. (Pacific)

Presentations and materials

Frequently asked questions

What sets eligibility for family planning programs apart from other programs?

There are a few key differences:

  • Income eligibility thresholds are higher, up to 260% of FPL and who are not otherwise enrolled in Apple Health or CHIP.
  • Teens and victims of intimate partner violence who need confidential family planning services.
  • Those who are undocumented can receive coverage under the state-funded program.
Are those who identify as males eligible?

Yes. Gender is not a factor in determining eligibility.

Will changes to the Family Planning Only programs cause changes to RAC codes or ACES program codes assigned to these programs?

Changes to the Family Planning Only programs will not cause any changes to RAC codes or ACES program codes.

What is a qualified immigrant?

Qualified immigrants are those who are lawfully permitted to remain in the U.S. See the citizenship and immigration status guide for details.

How do I know which drugs are covered, including over the counter drugs?

Visit the Pharmacy page to learn about Apple Health pharmacy and prescription drugs, including how Apple Health (including FPO) pays for over the counter birth control products.

What is the Shield Law and how does it protect reproductive and gender-affirming care?

Washington’s Shield Law, enacted in 2023, protects people in Washington from civil and criminal actions in other states that restrict or criminalize reproductive and gender-affirming care. Please read the Reproductive and Gender-Affirming Care: Shielding Providers, Seekers, and Helpers from Out-of-State Legal Actions by the Washington Office of the Attorney General.

Waiver authority for the program

Section 1115 Family Planning Only Demonstration Waiver

On May 9, 2018 the Health Care Authority (the Agency) received approval for renewal of the Section 1115 Family Planning Only Demonstration Waiver for five years (through June 2023). The approval letter, Special Terms and Conditions, and Expenditure Authority can be found on CMS’s website under Washington Family Planning Only Program and then clicking on “Demonstration Approval.”

HCA intends to submit an application to extend the Section 1115 Family Planning Only Demonstration Waiver for five years (through July 2028). The current waiver expires on June 30, 2023 and covers limited family planning and family planning-related services for people who are in need of contraceptive care and are enrolled in the Family Planning Only programs. The purpose, client eligibility requirements, and benefit package will remain the same. The only potential change is the elimination of the Family Planning pregnancy-related program, due to the implementation of the After-Pregnancy Coverage program. This change will take effect when the end of the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) is declared. There is currently no established end date for the PHE.