(Closed) No/bad insurance

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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1251 posts
Bumble bee

I don’t know about your state, but here in MN we have a program called the Minnesota Family Planning Program, where you can qualify for free/reduced birth control based upon your income.

I would look for other free/reduced cost/sliding scale clinics in your neighborhood.

And Margaret Sanger did a lot of great things for women, and advocated birth control as a method of preventing abortion. So, even if you are against abortion, you shouldn’t be against Margaret Sanger. She was by no means pro-abortion, unless abortion was the only was of saving a mother’s life. Sorry for that. Just saying.

Post # 4
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1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

In the US, all forms of birth control (aside from condoms, spermicide, etc) require a prescription so you will have to see some type of health care provider.  Perhaps contact a local OB/GYN office and see if you can schedule an appointment with a nurse practitioner – the cost may be less than if you schedule with a physician.

If the healthcare provider ends up prescribing an oral contraceptive, request that they choose one that is available as a generic – there is a significant cost difference between brand and generic medications (and yes, generic medications are just as effective as brand medications, contain the same active ingredients, etc).

Post # 5
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654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Do you have a local health department? They do the necessary appointments and either will write you a scrip or give you birth control for free depending on your wages vs their requirements. Its definitely worth looking into..

Post # 6
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1251 posts
Bumble bee

I’m on the Ring, and when I had a gap in my health insurance it was only $56/month, which I feel is pretty affordable.

 

Post # 7
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1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Hmm. When I went to college (in California) a program was introduced called “Family Pact” or something like that. Basically if you make under a certain amount of money per year, they will pay for your birth control. You would just have to go to a clinic (I went to the school’s) to get a perscription.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would look to see if there is a local Planned Parenthood.  They offer a lot of birth control options and women’s health checks for reduced rates for people without insurance.  There may be other clinics that do the same thing but they are the main ones.

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