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Family Planning Benefit
Maine Family Planning is pleased to inform our patients about Maine’s Family Planning Benefit program, which is available to legal Maine residents of childbearing age (male and female), including teens, with an individual income of $26,729 or less annually. Eligibility for this program is based on individual income, not household income.
The Family Planning Benefit program provides limited coverage for family planning services such as:
- Pregnancy testing and preconception counseling
- Birth control methods, including emergency contraception
- Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections
- Annual gynecological exams
- Screening for cervical cancer, and if needed, repeat Pap tests and colposcopies.
Patients who qualify for Maine’s Family Planning Benefit program can receive covered family planning services at no cost. Applications are available at Maine Family Planning clinics and your local DHHS office. Fill out the application; bring it to your appointment with identification and four weeks’ worth of pay stubs.
What services do you offer?
Maine Family Planning provides affordable health care services, including contraception, abortion care, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, transgender health care, HIV prophylaxis, and primary health care. We provide training for health care professionals, advocate for reproductive health and rights, and support educators in providing evidence-based sex education.
Do you accept insurance? Do you accept MaineCare? Do you have a sliding fee scale?
For family planning services, we accept most private insurance companies at our health centers, as well as Medicare and MaineCare (Medicaid). If a service is not covered by your insurance, or you don’t have insurance, our sliding fee scale is used to lower costs. The sliding scale uses your household income as a guideline. The sliding scale option is possible because of state funding.
Once you’re an established patient (after your first appointment), you can pay your bill online. You’ll need to create a Patient Portal account or have the statement ID number from the paper statement.
For abortion services, we accept MaineCare and we can do a pre-eligibility check if you have private insurance to see if your plan covers these services. If you have a financial hardship, we can discuss financial assistance when you schedule an appointment.
Can I just walk in for services, or do I need to schedule an appointment?
Do you have Plan B or Emergency Contraception?
There are three ways to access emergency contraception in Maine:
At Your Local Family Planning Clinic
- There is no age restriction
- Women and men can pick up (some kinds of) EC
- Some forms of EC can be obtained without an appointment or prescription (some paperwork required)
- For some forms of EC, you will need an appointment with a Nurse Practitioner
At the Pharmacy Counter
- There is no age restriction to access EC from the pharmacy counter
- Some forms are available without a prescription
- Some forms require a prescription
- A government issued ID may be required (for proof of age) for some types of EC
- Only women can buy them
- There needs to be a trained pharmacist available
- You have to ask the pharmacists or clerk for them
Over the Counter
- There is no age restriction to buy Plan B, one brand of EC, over the counter
- Government issued ID is NOT required
- Men and women can purchase them
- Plan B should be found on shelves and any pharmacist or clerk can sell them
- You don’t have to fill out any paperwork
Do you do abortions?
Yes. We offer aspiration or “in clinic” abortions in our Augusta clinic and medication abortion (abortion with pills) at all of our clinics as well as through the mail with our participation in the TelAbortion Study. You can find information on our Abortion Services page. You can schedule an appointment by calling 207-922-3222.
I am a teen. Do I need my parents' permission to get services at Maine Family Planning?
In Maine, a minor can obtain confidential reproductive health care, including abortion care, without parental consent or notification. However, we encourage young people to involve their parents or a trusted adult in health care decisions whenever possible. For help with talking to your parents about abortion, you can check out information here.
How can I support Maine Family Planning?
Are your services confidential?
All of our services are confidential. We encourage all teens to discuss their family planning visit with their parents or guardians. And we’re happy to report that more than half of our young patients tell us that they have talked with a parent or guardian about their decision to visit a family planning clinic.
Not all teens are able to discuss their sexual health decisions with a parent or guardian. These young people tell us that if their privacy is not guaranteed, they may not seek the care they want and need.
State family planning regulations guarantee confidential sexual health services for teens. These confidentiality policies for minors are supported by many respected health care organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, and the American Public Health Association.
Because of these confidentiality policies, if your child has received services from us, we are not able to discuss your child’s family planning visit or release medical records without the patient’s written consent.
I'd like to be a patient at Maine Family Planning, how do I get my records to you?
If you’d like to have your records sent to us, please fill out this form.
I was a patient at Maine Family Planning, how do I get my records from you?
If you’d like to have a copy of your records sent to another provider, please fill out this form.