Increasing contraceptive access, one health center at a time.
THE NEED FOR THE fAMILY PLANNING ELEVATED CONTRACEPTIVE ACCESS PROGRAM (FPE CAP)
During the 2018 legislative session, Utah lawmakers passed a bill that will expand Medicaid-funded contraceptive care to clients with incomes below 100% Federal Poverty Level. When the Medicaid Family Planning Waiver takes effect on January 1st, 2019, an estimated 50,000 Utahns will become eligible for Medicaid-funded contraceptive services, including intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants.
Additionally, this November, Utahns will vote on a ballot initiative to expand Medicaid coverage to include all eligible individuals earning less than 138% Federal Poverty Level (FPL). This expansion would result in an additional 25,000 people becoming eligible for contraceptive service coverage through Medicaid.
To support this large anticipated increase in coverage and demand for services, Family Planning Elevated will partner with existing health centers to train clinicians and staff on comprehensive contraceptive care, as well as build health center capacity to provide contraceptive counseling and services without cost barriers to uninsured patients who do not currently qualify for Medicaid (101% - 250% FPL).
Three cohorts will be selected over the life of FPE CAP; the first cohort will be selected this fall with a funding cycle of January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020. Subsequent application periods will be announced to select the second and third cohorts with project periods of July 2019 - June 2021 and January 2020 - December 2021, respectively.
who is eligible to apply?
Application for membership is open to health care organizations in Utah who meet each of the following criteria:
1. Serve uninsured or underinsured self-pay patients (at least 25% of patient population uninsured)
2. Serve Medicaid patients
3. Serve patients with incomes below 250% Federal Poverty Level (FPL).
Priority will be given to health centers located in rural areas of Utah, and those in counties with high unintended birth rates and low health care coverage rates. Health organizations with multiple health center sites are welcome to apply for each health center in their network meeting the eligibility criteria.
FPE CAP MEMBERSHIP PERKS
Members of the FPE Contraceptive Access Program will receive technical and financial support during a two-year period to start or expand an on-site family planning program at their health center. Financial support will include a cash grant for clinic equipment and staffing, reimbursement for contraceptive services and short-acting contraceptive methods, and supply of long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) devices. Technical support will be provided through ongoing, customized training for health center staff and providers. Read the full Request for Applications for more information.