Increasing contraceptive access, one health center at a time.
THE NEED FOR THE fAMILY PLANNING ELEVATED CONTRACEPTIVE ACCESS PROGRAM (FPE CAP)
In November 2018, Utah voters passed Proposition 3, a ballot initiative intended to expand Medicaid coverage to all eligible individuals earning less than 138% Federal Poverty Level. During the 2019 General Session, Senate Bill 96 Medicaid Expansion Adjustments was introduced and passed, amending income eligibility for Medicaid to 100% FPL. With this new legislation in effect April 1st, 2019, an estimated 50,000 Utahns have become eligible for Medicaid coverage of all FDA-approved contraceptive methods, including intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants.
To support this large anticipated increase in coverage and demand for services, the Family Planning Elevated Contraceptive Access Program is partnering with health centers across the state 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 and underinsured patients who do not qualify for Medicaid.
FPE CAP MEMBERSHIP
Members of the FPE Contraceptive Access Program 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 includes 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. For more information, check out the Request for Applications here.
FPE CAP will welcome three cohorts of members over the project lifespan. In January 2019, the first FPE CAP cohort was launched with members in Ogden (Midtown Community Health Center), Midvale (Mid-Valley Health Clinic), and Price (Eastern Utah Women’s Health). FPE CAP will welcome four additional organization in October 2019 (Family Healthcare, Community Health Centers Inc., Summit County Health Department, and Wasatch County Health Department). This application serves to select the third and final cohort into the project, with a project period of January 2020 – December 2021. Applications are due Friday, September 27th by 5 pm MT.
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).
4. Currently enrolled (or eligible to enroll) in the federal 340B Drug Pricing Program.
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.