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What is Plan First?

Plan First is a Medicaid program that covers the costs of family planning and birth control for eligible women and men in Virginia.

Family planning is more than just birth control; it includes regular check-ups and screening services that help to protect your reproductive health. Family planning services can also help as you decide if and when you want to have a baby.

What is covered?

  • Yearly family planning exam
  • Pap tests Sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing
  • Lab services for family planning and STD testing
  • Family planning education and counseling
  • Sterilization procedures
  • Prescription contraceptives
  • Over-the-counter (OTC) contraceptives
  • Transportation to covered family planning services

Am I eligible for Plan First?

You may qualify for Plan First if you:

  • Are a U.S. citizen or qualified legal immigrant
  • Live in Virginia
  • Meet the monthly income limits

How do I apply?

  • You can apply for Plan First at your local department of social services (DSS); pick up an application at your DSS office or health department.
    • To find your local department of social services click here.
    • To find your local health department click here.
  • You can go on-line at and apply for medical assistance.

Where do I find a provider?

Many local health departments community health centers, clinics and private medical practices ac-cept Plan First. Providers must accept Medicaid to bill for Plan First services.

What if I have other medical needs?

Plan First pays for exams and services related to pregnancy prevention only. If you get sick or need treatment for other medical problems, please con-tact your doctor or local clinic. For help finding a health clinic near you, go to or call toll-free: 2-1-1.


Last Updated: 07-01-2013

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