Are you looking for affordable birth control? If so, you might be eligible for a Washington State Medicaid program called “Take Charge.” The program, which pays for women’s exams and birth control, just raised the income limits so that more men and women are eligible. Take Charge also allows people with private insurance to qualify now if they meet the income guidelines. It covers co-pays and deductibles so that there are no out-of-pocket expenses for contraception. “This is really good news because it makes birth control affordable for more people on the Harbor” said Kimberly Carson, the clinic supervisor at Grays Harbor Public Health. To qualify, a single person can earn up to $2,327 per month (before taxes), and a family of two can have a combined monthly income up to $3,153 (before taxes). “If you think you might be eligible, schedule an appointment with us and we can sign you up in our office” Carson said.
Take Charge covers birth control pills, patches, rings, implants, IUDs, depo provera, condoms and sterilization (vasectomy and tubal ligation). Carson explained that the program covers options some people might not know are available to them. “If you use condoms, you can take your Take Charge card to any participating pharmacy and get them as often as you need them. Or if you are finished having children and would like to have a vasectomy or tubal ligation, we will refer you to a doctor who accepts Take Charge so that you can have the procedure done.”
Grays Harbor Public Health offers high quality, confidential family planning services for men and women. For more information about Take Charge or our family planning services, or to make an appointment, call 532-8631 during regular business hours.
The Take Charge income guidelines are posted on our website. To view them, or to learn more about our programs and services, visit us online at: www.healthygh.org.