Family Planning Medicaid Waiver Program
Women living in Florida with a low income and no insurance may qualify for family planning services administered by the Department of Health and Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration. Also referred to as Family Planning Medicaid for Today’s Woman, these services help give Florida women access to confidential and free services to stay safe and healthy. In order to qualify, you must not be a current Medicaid beneficiary, but meet the income and other necessary criteria.
- Between ages 14 – 55
- Household income at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level
- Lost ability to receive full Medicaid in the past 2 years
- Seeks family planning services
- Not pregnant
- Has not had a hysterectomy or sterilization (tubes tied)
- Physical exams: may include Pap test, breast exam, and STD testing
- Family planning counseling
- Pregnancy test
- Birth control supplies including condoms
- Colposcopies and treatment for STDs, limited to a six week period after a family planning counseling visit or supply visit
- Related prescriptions (medicines, antibiotics) and lab tests
Birth Control Methods Offered
- Birth control pills, patch, and vaginal ring
- Depo-Provera shots
- Single rod implant
- Sterilization (tubes tied or blocked)
- Intrauterine devices and systems (IUDs/IUSs)
How to Apply
There are several ways to apply for the Family Planning Medicaid Waiver Program, giving you the choice of what makes you most comfortable. You may receive a form in the mail, print and send one from home, or consult your local department of health. Women who were covered under Medicaid through their pregnancy do not need to apply, as they are enrolled automatically for the first year. Coverage is only active for one year once approved, and all women must reapply for the second year of benefits.
- Print/complete an application from the DOH website with proof of identity and proof of income.
- Contact your local county health department to request an application and/or make an appointment to determine your eligibility.
- Call the Family Health Line to request an application be sent to you: 800-451-2229
Florida Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
As part of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, the FBCCEDP provides services regionally to uninsured or underinsured women in 16 lead County Health Departments throughout Florida. The main counties include Brevard, Broward, Duval, Escambia, Gadsden, Hillsborough, Jackson, Leon, manatee, Miami-Dade, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Putnam, Seminole, and Volusia.
Administered by the Florida Department of Health, the regional facilities provide many services necessary to detect breast and cervical cancer symptoms. Screenings are free or low cost to women who meet the program eligibility criteria. The national program highly recommends the program extending its services to those who have not received an exam in five years or more.
In order to qualify for FBCCEDP services, you must meet each of the following requirements.
- Between ages 50 – 64
- Insured but your health insurance does not cover the service
- Household income is less than or equal to 200 percent of the federal poverty level
- Breast and cervical cancer screenings (clinical breast exams, mammograms, and Pap tests)
- Diagnostic testing
- Care coordination to patients with abnormal results
- Referral to Florida Medicaid (to determine eligibility) upon diagnosis of breast or cervical cancer
- Treatment of breast and cervical cancer covered by Medicaid for those eligible
Florida Medicaid Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act
Once diagnosed by the FBCCEDP with symptoms indicating the need for more in-depth treatment, you may be eligible for coverage of those services under Medicaid. With assistance from the regional centers administering Early Detection services, women can apply for Medicaid after they have received abnormal test results. If you qualify, you can receive all necessary treatment for breast or cervical cancer under full Medicaid coverage.