TAKE CHARGE is a Louisiana program that gives 4 free “family planning” visits per year at a provider of your choice.


“I used my TAKE CHARGE to go to Planned Parenthood for my birth control, and while I was there they helped me out with a vaginal infection I had too!”

– Anonymous New Orleans Sex Worker


You qualify if you are:

  • Female
  • between the ages of 19-44
  • do not have kids or dependents
  • make less than $2,000 a month
  • and do not have health insurance


What it covers:

The TAKE CHARGE/ Family Planning Waiver program covers services including:

  • Four physical examinations or necessary re-visits each year for services rendered by a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant for the purpose of family planning.
  • Laboratory tests for the purpose of family planning
  • Approved medications and supplies (examples: birth control pills, patches, IUDs, diaphragms, etc.)

* Primary care services are not covered by the TAKE CHARGE program.


How to Apply:

Apply for TAKE CHARGE by filling out the online application at the Louisiana Medicaid Online Application Center.


“I filled out my application online, they asked me to fax them a copy of my ID and two weeks later my card came in the mail!”

~Anonymous New Orleans Sex Worker


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