Take Charge (Family Planning non-Medicaid)
Find information about free family planning services from the Take Charge program.
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On November 24, 2017 the Health Care Authority (the Agency) submitted an application to extend the Section 1115 Family Planning Only Demonstration Waiver for five years (through December 2022). CMS has granted the agency a temporary extension through April 30, 2018 while they review the application for consideration of approval. The application and the letter of extension can be found on CMS’s website under Washington Take Charge.
Take Charge is a program that provides men and women coverage for family planning services to help them take charge of their lives and prevent unintended pregnancies.
Your income must be at or below 260 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and you must either be:
- Uninsured and not eligible for Apple Health (Medicaid) coverage, OR
- Insured and seeking confidential family planning services.
Take Charge is not available for undocumented or "non-qualified" residents as described in WAC 182-503-0535.
First go to Washington Healthplanfinder to see if you are eligible for Apple Health coverage or a subsidized Qualified Health Plan. If you're eligible, it's best to sign up for one of those plans, because they provide full health care coverage, which includes family planning.
If you're a teen you may be eligible for Apple Health coverage on your own. Call Washington Healthplanfinder at 1-855-923-4633 to find out if you're eligible. Read more information about health coverage for teens and young adults.
If you're not eligible for Apple Health or you need confidential services, contact a Take Charge provider near you and make an appointment to get an application and learn about available services.
Family planning and related services cover:
- Family planning education and risk reduction counseling.
- All FDA approved birth control methods including: pills, patches, rings, shots, IUDs, implants, diaphragms, cervical caps, condoms, and spermicides (foam, cream, and gels), and emergency contraception.
- Education and supplies for natural family planning and abstinence.
- Permanent methods: tubal ligations ("tubes tied"), hysteroscopic sterilization, and vasectomy.
- Limited screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs, STDs).
- Screening for cervical cancer and a well woman physical exam.
- Office visits directly related to a family planning problem when medically necessary.
Take Charge does not cover:
- Services unrelated to family planning, such as: follow-up of abnormal Pap smears, pregnancy care, evaluation and treatment of health problems like diabetes, asthma, or high blood pressure.
Services are available only at approved Take Charge providers. If you choose sterilization as your birth control method, any Apple Health provider who performs sterilizations may be used.
Condoms and spermicides (contraceptive foam, cream, gel) are available at pharmacies without a prescription.
Ask your health care provider for information about birth control methods.
For other resources see the following websites:
- Washington State Department of Health (birth control methods)
- Washington State Department of Health (breastfeeding and birth control)
- Bedsider (information about birth control)
If you live in King County visit: