If you want information about other types of birth control methods, STI testing, or any other sexual and reproductive health services, ask your health care provider (doctor, nurse, midwife, or family planning counselor.) If you need a health care provider, visit the Sexual and Reproductive Health Service Locator Map to find a clinic near you.
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CVS bills insurance plans directly. Or, a person can pay for Plan B with flexible spending account or health savings account funds. Another option is to pay out of pocket and make a claim for reimbursement from an insurance provider.
Yes, you can use Plan B when you are breastfeeding. In general, no harmful effects of progestin-only pills, like Plan B, have been found on breastfeeding performance or on the health, growth, or development of the infant. However, random cases of decreased (less) milk production in mothers have been reported.
Plan B only stays in your body for a short amount of time. It doesnt provide long-term protection against future pregnancy; when taken as directed it works to help prevent pregnancy after only one incident of unprotected sex. If you are sexually active, even occasionally, see your healthcare professional or visit a family planning center/clinic to find a regular method of birth control that suits you.
Plan B is a progesterone drug that contains the hormone levonorgestrel. Levonorgestrel prevents pregnancy in different ways, depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle. It can temporarily stop the release of an egg from an ovary (ovulation) or prevent the sperm and egg from joining together (fertilization). It may also alter the endometrium, so that a fertilized egg cannot implant in the uterus. Plan B works if taken within 72 hours after a regular birth control method fails or within 72 hours after unprotected intercourse.
Ella emergency contraception works to prevent pregnancy up to five days after sex and lowers the risk of pregnancy by about 85%. However, you should not take Plan B or other morning-after pills containing levonorgestrel if you have taken Ella since your last period. If you took Ella and need to take another morning-after pill within 5 days, take Ella again (as opposed to Plan B or another morning-after pill).
Better yet, plan ahead. Speak to your doctor at your next visit about which would be the best emergency contraception for you. If your doctor thinks Ella would be better, have them call in a prescription to your pharmacy so you can fill it right away and have it on hand. If your doctor thinks Plan B would be better for you, you can pick it up on your next trip to the pharmacy to keep on hand.
This article is not medical advice. It is intended for general informational purposes and is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your physician or dial 911.
Medicare is a federal health insurance program that pays most of the health care costs for people who are 65 or older. It will also pay for health care for some people under age 65 who have disabilities.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) publishes the Medicare & You handbook that describes Medicare coverages and health plan options. CMS mails the handbook to Medicare beneficiaries each year. You can also get a book by calling 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227).
The federal government contracts with insurance companies and managed care plans to offer Medicare Advantage in certain areas. Medicare pays the plan a set amount each month for the plan to provide Medicare parts A and B services to its members. You pay your monthly Medicare Part B premium and any premium the Medicare Advantage plan charges. You also must pay any copayments, deductibles, and coinsurance the plan requires.
Medicare Advantage plans usually have more benefits than original Medicare. For instance, some Medicare Advantage plans cover dental and vision services. However, Medicare Advantage might not be the best option for some people. Your choice of doctors and hospitals in a Medicare Advantage plan are limited. If you have other insurance, such as a group retirement plan, ask your group plan if it works with a Medicare Advantage plan or with original Medicare.
Because Medicare negotiates contracts with Medicare Advantage plans each year, the plans available and the benefits they provide can change each year. If your plan discontinues services, you will have to find a new plan in your area or return to original Medicare. To learn what plans are available in your area, call Medicare or visit the Medicare Plan Finder.
Medicare will mail you a Medicare & You handbook each year before open enrollment. The handbook has a list of Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans. Use the handbook to review whether there are any changes and costs in your Medicare Advantage or prescription drug plan.
Your one-time Medicare supplement open enrollment period is the only time companies must sell you a policy regardless of your health history or condition. If you wait until after your open enrollment period or your policy lapses, you might not be able to buy another policy if you have a preexisting condition.
Your Medicare supplement policy is renewed automatically each year to ensure you have continuous coverage. If you drop your Medicare supplement policy, you may not be able to get it back, or you might not be able to buy a new policy.
There are 10 Medicare supplement insurance plans. Each plan is labeled with a letter of the alphabet and has a different combination of benefits. Plan F has a high-deductible option. Plans K, L, M, and N have a different cost-sharing component.
If you have original Medicare, federal rules usually allow you to keep your Medicare supplement policy. There are exceptions to this if you have a Medicare Select plan or if you have a plan that includes added benefits, such as vision coverage or discounts that were available only where you bought the plan.
The Medicare supplement open enrollment period is a six-month period during which you may buy any Medicare supplement plan offered in Texas. During this period, companies must sell you a policy, even if you have health problems. The open enrollment period begins when you enroll in Medicare Part B. You must have both Medicare parts A and B to buy a Medicare supplement policy.
People under age 65 who get Medicare because of disabilities have a six-month open enrollment period beginning the day they enroll in Medicare Part B. This open enrollment right only applies to Medicare supplement Plan A.
Medicare supplement policies pay only for services that Medicare considers medically necessary. If Medicare denies a claim, you have the right to appeal the decision. The appeals process and deadline to request an appeal are described in your summary notice.
Emergency contraception are pills or a device that can help prevent pregnancy after sex without birth control or if the birth control method may not have worked correctly. Emergency contraception must be used as soon as possible within 5 days after unprotected sex to help prevent pregnancy.
Emergency contraceptives are not meant for use as regular birth control. Most other types of Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved birth control, when used correctly, are much better at preventing pregnancy than emergency contraception. Also, while emergency contraception pills are safe for emergency use, they have not been tested as regular birth control and are not approved by the FDA for this purpose.
Emergency contraception does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). To lower the risk of getting an STI, always use condoms when having vaginal, oral, or anal sex. See a doctor right away if exposure to an STI might have occurred. Medicine can be given to help prevent HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Under the Affordable Care Act, most insurance plans cover FDA-approved prescriptions for emergency contraception and birth control at no out-of-pocket cost. Call your insurance company to find out if your plan covers over-the-counter emergency contraception. A prescription from a doctor may be needed for the insurance plan to pay.
Medicaid coverage of emergency contraception varies between states. Michigan Medicaid plans include emergency contraception pills in their drug coverage, as well as the cost of the ParaGard and insertion. Check with your Medicaid program if you have questions about your plan's coverage.
Family planning clinics may provide emergency contraception for free or at low cost to women who are uninsured. More resources can be found on the Oakland County Health Division (OCHD)'s website at OakGov.com/Health or by calling OCHD Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533.
Now, here's where things get a bit controversial. If sperm has actually succeeded in fertilizing an egg, Plan B could possibly thin the lining of the uterus so the fertilized egg won't attach and grow. Scientists have no proof that actually happens, but in theory, it could. 59ce067264