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    I don’t live in Delaware. Can I still get free birth control?

    Unfortunately, Be Your Own Baby is only available for Delaware residents. However, under the Affordable Care Act, most insurance companies (including Medicaid) eliminated copay fees for birth control. Visit the National Women’s Law Center to learn more about your options for free birth control.

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    Can I get an IUD (or the pill, implant, etc.)?

    Yes! If you are a Delaware resident, just schedule an appointment through our site.

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    So, when you say “free birth control,” do you really mean totally free?

    Birth control is 100 percent totally free for Delaware residents!*

    “Free” means that if you have health insurance (including Medicaid), any copays for your birth control medical visit and any prescriptions are covered. Under the Affordable Care Act, most insurance companies (including Medicaid) eliminated copay fees for birth control.

    If you are uninsured, we will pay for any and all costs associated with your birth control medical visit and any prescriptions.

    *There are a small number of health insurance plans that are not included. But the good news is, we will reimburse you! If you are picking up your birth control prescription from a pharmacy, we also have options to cover any costs for it there as well. Please submit a reimbursement claim if this applies to you.

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    How are you able to pay for free birth control for everyone?

    If you visit a participating health care provider, they will follow the Affordable Care Act guidelines or bill us directly for all services that are not covered by your insurance provider. If for some unexpected reason, you are charged a copay or fee for your birth control appointment or prescription, please submit a reimbursement claim.

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    How will you help me if I do need to pay out of pocket?

    If, for any reason, you need to pay any out-of-pocket costs for birth control in Delaware, just keep your receipt and we will reimburse you! Our reimbursement program will make sure you are compensated for any birth control expenses.

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    Will you keep my information private?

    Only your health care provider has access to your medical records. The online scheduling, transportation, and reimbursement tools we use are 100% HIPAA compliant. That means that those services take the same careful effort at securing your privacy that you would expect from any health care service provider.

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    How will you help me if transportation to a birth control visit is difficult for me?

    We understand that getting to and from a birth control visit can be difficult and costly. To fix this, we have set up a reimbursement program to make sure you are compensated for any Uber, Lyft, bus or taxi expenses associated with going to your birth control visit. Hold onto your travel receipts and click here to redeem them through the reimbursement program.

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    How will I know which birth control option is right for me?

    At your birth control visit, a medical professional will review all of the birth control options available to you so that you can make the right choice for your personal needs and lifestyle.

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    Will I be able to get birth control the same day as my birth control visit?

    Many of our participating health care centers stock all options on site. This includes IUDs and implants. In some instances, you may need to go to a pharmacy to get a prescription filled.

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    How long will the birth control visit take?

    You can expect to be at the provider’s office for about an hour, and arriving at least 10 minutes prior to your appointment is recommended. If you need more information about your specific health center, call your provider.

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    What if I have not had a gynecological examination in some time?

    A gynecological exam is not required to receive birth control care. Even if you have not had a gynecological examination recently, you will still be able to receive same-day birth control.

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    What if I have had OB-GYN or women’s health-related issues in the past?

    When you contact any of the health centers listed at BeYourOwnBaby.com about scheduling your appointment, be sure to inform them about your past health history. That way, the center will be able to make special considerations for your care.

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    Will all birth control options also protect me from sexually transmitted diseases?

    The only method that prevents sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is the condom. Ask your health care provider for more information at your visit.

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    Will I still be able to get pregnant later on?

    All birth control options are temporary, with the exception of permanent sterilization, which is not part of our free birth control program. Some contraceptive methods last longer than others. Many methods, including the most effective forms, have an immediate return to baseline fertility once you stop taking them. Your provider can answer all of your specific questions during your appointment.

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    Where can I get more information about different types of birth control?

    In addition to asking your health care provider, you can learn more about birth control and sexual health at bedsider.org.

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    Will you keep my information private?

    Only your health care provider has access to your medical records. The online scheduling, transportation and reimbursement tools we use are 100% HIPAA compliant. That means that those services take the same careful effort at securing your privacy that you would expect from any health care service provider

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    What organization is behind this program?

    Be Your Own Baby is a privately funded project by Upstream USA, a nonprofit organization changing health care in Delaware by ensuring that all women have easy and free access to the full range of contraceptive methods as part of Delaware Contraceptive Access Now (CAN). To learn more, visit www.upstream.org.

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    Who handles rebate submissions?

    Inmar is our rebate partner. If you take an Uber, Lyft, bus or taxi to/from your visit, or are charged a copay or other fees for your birth control visit at your Delaware provider’s office or pharmacy, save your receipt and follow the instructions on the online portal to apply for a reimbursement. Free means free!

Have further questions? Contact us at info@upstream.org for any non-urgent, nonmedical questions. If you have a medical-related question, please contact one of the health care providers listed on our website. If this is a medical emergency, call 911.