Planned Parenthood of Illinois offers free birth control through new ABC initiative

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Eligible patients in Illinois can now choose their preferred method of contraception during health center visit

Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) has announced its new Access Birth Control (ABC) initiative, through which eligible PPIL patients may now access their preferred method of contraception at no charge. The ABC initiative will be in place through 2021, and more information on it is available at www.ppil.org/abc.

“The ABC initiative eliminates the cost obstacles that patients may face. We’re providing free birth control, so patients can get their preferred method,” said Jennifer Welch, President and CEO of PPIL. “Cost shouldn’t be a determining factor when choosing a birth control method. Our new ABC initiative allows patients to decide the best method for them, regardless of price. Increasing access to affordable and comprehensive healthcare remains our priority, despite the challenges of America’s complex health system.”

The ABC initiative offers the following methods at no-cost for all patients:

  • Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs), including the intrauterine device (IUD) and implant
  • Oral Contraceptive Pills
  • Injectable Birth Control (Depo-Provera)
  • Vaginal Ring (Nuva Ring)
  • Condoms

As a trusted reproductive health care provider in Illinois for nearly 100 years, PPIL is taking the next steps to remove barriers that prevent patients from getting the care they need. Patients who are eligible for free birth control include: Those who are forced to pay out-of-pocket, privately insured patients without contraceptive benefits and individuals who are unable to afford contraception even on a sliding fee scale. Patients are responsible for the cost of the visit at the appropriate fee, based upon their financial class.

PPIL helps all patients obtain the tools and information they need to live their healthiest lives. PPIL health centers are staffed with skilled healthcare professionals providing high-quality, affordable medical care.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) provides affordable, high-quality reproductive health care services and medically accurate sexual health education to women, teens and men throughout Illinois. Through medical services, educational programs and advocacy efforts, PPIL works to ensure and protect the reproductive rights of each individual. For more information, visit www.ppil.org.

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