TAKE CHARGE (Family Planning Waiver), Louisiana

Who can apply for TAKE CHARGE?
Women ages 19-44 who are Louisiana residents, with an income below 200% of the Federal Poverty level, without health insurance can apply for TAKE CHARGE.

What services are covered?

  • 4 yearly physical examinations and laboratory tests
  • Contraceptive counseling
  • Birth control products that require a prescription, such as birth control pills, patches, injections, IUDs, and diaphragms
  • Voluntary outpatient sterilization (In-patient procedures related to sterilization may be covered if they are medically necessary. Prior authorization is required.)

When can I apply for TAKE CHARGE?
Effective October 1, 2006, eligible women will be able to receive family planning waiver services through the TAKE CHARGE program. Don’t wait. TAKE CHARGE has a yearly limit on the number of women who may enroll.

Can a woman have both Medicaid and TAKE CHARGE?
No. Medicaid covers a more comprehensive package of services for family planning. TAKE CHARGE is for women who do not qualify for Medicaid.

Can a woman have private insurance and TAKE CHARGE?
Yes. Applicants can enroll in the TAKE CHARGE program if their private insurance does not cover all family planning services. If the private insurance covers some family planning services, Medicaid will not pay for those covered services. When a Medicaid recipient has private insurance, Medicaid is always the “payer of last resort.”

How long is an enrollee eligible for TAKE CHARGE?
Unless the enrollee becomes pregnant or moves out of state, a woman eligible for TAKE CHARGE,may keep her coverage for 12 months, even if there are changes in income or household composition. Eligibility for TAKE CHARGE must be re-determined every 12 months.

You can apply for TAKE CHARGE by completing an online application or by downloading an application from the DHH website.

Primary Phone Number: ( 888 ) 342 – 6207
Fax Number: ( 877 ) 523 – 2987
Take Charge Toll Free Line ( 888 ) 342 – 6207

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