Family Planning Program
The Family Planning Program is dedicated to providing accessible family planning and reproductive healthcare to eligible women and men in Texas. The free or low-cost services offered through the Family Planning Program help reduce unintended pregnancies, allow people to determine the number and spacing of their children, and improve birth outcomes and overall health.
The program offers a wide range of women's health and core family planning services, including:
- Pregnancy testing
- Pelvic examinations
- Sexually transmitted infection services
- Breast and cervical cancer screenings
- Clinical breast examination
- Screening for cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure
- HIV screening
- Long-acting reversible contraceptives
- Oral contraceptive pills
- Permanent sterilization
- Other contraceptive methods such as condoms, diaphragm, vaginal spermicide, and injections
- Natural family planning counseling
- Limited prenatal benefits
You may receive these benefits if you:
- Are a male or female.
- Are a resident of Texas.
- Are 64 or younger.
- Meet the following income requirements:
|Monthly Maximum Family Income
(250% Federal Poverty Level)
Apply In Person
If you meet the above qualifications, use the search form on the right to find a clinic near you. Make an appointment, and the staff will meet with you onsite to determine your eligibility. If you qualify, you might be able to receive services the same day. You might be required to provide proof of income during the initial visit.
Examples of Proof of Income
Proof showing how much money you receive:
- Paycheck stub or copy of a check from the last 60 days.
- Forms that show that someone in your family is in a benefits program:
- Your Texas Benefits Medicaid ID card for one of your children.
- WIC verification of certification (this shows you are in the WIC program).
- WIC voucher.
- WIC / Lone Star Card shopping list.
- A letter from an employer.
- Court papers that show you get child support.
- Unemployment benefit award letter or pay stubs.
- Supplemental Security Income award letter or pay stubs
Proof showing how much you pay:
- Receipts or income tax returns that show what you pay for daycare costs.
- Court papers, canceled checks or wage withholding statements that show how much you pay for child support.
If you need help, please call (512) 776-7796 or 2-1-1 for help.
What if I have Medicaid?
If you have Medicaid, any services received would be paid for under Medicaid, not the Family Planning Program. Family Planning contractors have to screen all potential clients for Medicaid eligibility.
How will I know if I'm covered by the Family Planning Program?
The staff at a Family Planning Program clinic will meet with you at the clinic to see if you are eligible. They might be able to confirm your eligibility the same day and provide you with approved services.
How long will I get services?
You are eligible for services for one year, unless there are changes to your income and/or household status during the year. You can renew your services every year if you still qualify.
How much will I pay?
Clients may be charged a co-pay for services, but the co-pay will not exceed $30.00.
Where do I get my birth control?
You can get your birth control at a clinic or doctor's office that works with the Family Planning Program.
What if my doctor finds a health problem that isn't covered?
The Family Planning Program pays only for the services listed under Benefits. If your doctor finds a problem such as cancer, you will be referred to another doctor who can treat you. You might have to pay for these services, or you might be able to get free or low-cost treatment. To find a clinic that offers additional healthcare, you can:
- Use the Find a Doctor tool to the right.
- Visit the Family and Community Health Services Clinic Locator.
- Look at Other Benefits that you might qualify for.
- Ask your doctor.