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Hopefully this isn't redundant or off topic, but I thought it deserved its own subject line and public posting so it can be Google searched and hopefully help more women.

The manufacturer of ParaGard has an income-based patient assistance program that's completely legitimate (I called them and talked to a very nice and helpful lady -- you can even do the registration over the phone and have the clinic you're going to fax everything else).

Before I called, I questioned the legitimacy since the website isn't exactly stellar and has some minor errors in grammar/spelling throughout it. Anyway, the program doesn't seem to be very widely publicized, and it isn't mentioned at all on the company's website. It's much better for lower income women than paying $40 a month for a year for a ParaGard IUD.

I didn't see any posts about it in this community, so I thought it might prove very useful for women like me who were desperately looking for some sort of assistance similar to the ARCH Foundation, only for ParaGard.

I thought maybe this could go into the memories or a new tag for financial assistance or something, since it's extremely helpful. (Maybe a tag could be added to a post including information about the ARCH Foundation, ParaGard Patient Assistance Program, and any other programs people might want to contribute to help women who don't have insurance that covers IUDs to be able to get one?)

And thank you guys again for all your help on my previous post! You're all really awesome. :)

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violet_flames
Nov. 6th, 2007 02:31 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting this. I had never heard of it either. I just made a memory section for Financial Aid/ Payment Plan stuff.
mbif
Nov. 6th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
Awesome! Thanks for posting -- it'll help a lot of women out!
amoxie
Nov. 6th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC)
I've looked into this for me too. I even talked to them on the phone about it and it looks good for me to get it from them for free.

Since my student health coverage wouldn't cover it. I tried to get someone at my clinic to fill out the form but it needs to be done by the same person who would do the insertion. I'll need to go back sometime and really get the right person to do it again for me. I've been busy and haven't had time to bother.
I'm also a chicken and hate dealing with this stuff. ..... i will someday i guess

pinkpartyhatgi
Nov. 6th, 2007 04:52 am (UTC)
While on the topic of payment plans, in Washington State, the planned parenthoods have this program called "Take Charge" which provides free birthcontrol to those who are unable to afford it.It is provided through the Department of Social and Health Services for Washington State.

http://fortress.wa.gov/dshs/maa/familyplan/Take%20Charge/TC.index.htm

(Sorry don't know how to do a link... o.O)

Anyways, I just had an IUD inserted a few days ago, and since I have insurance (through my parents) they had to charge my insurance first. But after that, Take Charge covers the rest of it. If I hadn't had insurance, it would have covered it all to begin with.

Just thought that'd be some nice info to go along with people looking for payment plans!
elkay
Nov. 6th, 2007 09:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, I am originally from Seattle and a bunch of my friends have used Take Charge. Unfortunately since I'm no longer resident I was never able to use it (but now I live somewhere with universal health care so no worries!).
atalanta0jess
Nov. 6th, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
Take Charge is so awesome! That's how I got my IUD as well.

I was under the impression that if you have insurance you are not eligible for the program unless:
1. You are on your parents' insurance and don't want them to know you are having sex.
2. You GET insurance after already qualifying for Take Charge for the year.

I don't know if that is correct or not, but thought I'd mention it for others who come across this. (Of course, they don't check whether you have insurance or not, so there's that...if you're desperate)
pinkpartyhatgi
Nov. 7th, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
Yea, when they found out I had insurance (my mistake, I went in for the Guardisil shot and wasn't sure if I qualified for the free ones, so I asked if my insurance would cover it and now they know... :( ) they said that they have to charge the insurance first, and then they cover the rest with take charge. We'll see if thats the case next year at my annual, but it is my parents insurance and not mine, so that might be part of it.
aechei
Nov. 6th, 2007 05:18 am (UTC)
it's something that has been discussed before, and it's in the memories already, but it bears repeating. i tell people about the arch foudation, who paid for my IUD, about once a week. i think a lot of people simply don't bother to read the memories and tags before posting?

thank you for posting a review and tagging it properly! we like that sort of thing here. :-)
mbif
Nov. 6th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC)
Err, her post isn't about the Arch Foundation, it's about a different assistance program for ParaGard. o_O?
aechei
Nov. 6th, 2007 05:54 am (UTC)
fully aware. both have been tagged and remembered. i was merely pointing out the parallel between what she is doing in her post and what i do constantly.
mbif
Nov. 6th, 2007 11:34 am (UTC)
Ah, okey-doke.
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