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Benefits Basics

What is BCBenefits?

BCBenefits is a new program that covers common costs many people face when getting affordable, effective birth control. The program provides access to free or low-cost birth control methods and birth control appointments (remote or in-person) to people who have limited income and would like prescription birth control.

Those who qualify for free or discounted in-person birth control appointments may also qualify for help with child care costs during the appointment, as well as a free or discounted ride to and from the appointment. Specific benefits vary based on where you live and your level of qualification for the program.

Bedsider and Power to Decide created BCBenefits as part of a larger vision: Bedsider is an online birth control support network operated by Power to Decide, the campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy. Power to Decide works to ensure that every young person has the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant and have a child—increasing their opportunity to pursue the future they want.

Why is this being offered?

Health care expenses can add up. On top of direct costs like appointment co-pays and prescriptions, indirect costs for things like transportation (gas, parking, rideshare services, bus and metro fare), child care, and even lost wages from time away from work prevent many people from getting the kind of birth control they want. The BCBenefits program makes it easier to get the birth control of your choice by covering many of those direct and indirect costs.

How is this being offered for free?

BCBenefits is a program made possible thanks to the generosity of Bedsider and Power to Decide donors and partners — all of whom share and support the vision that everyone should have the ability to obtain and use the birth control they desire.

Our donors and partners include:

  • HeyDoctor
  • Medicines 360
  • Mountain Philanthropies
  • PRJKT Ruby
  • Soderberg Foundation
  • Twentyeight Health
  • +numerous individuals

What benefits does BCBenefits offer?

Right now, depending on your income, location, and birth control method of choice, you could qualify for:

  • An online (remote) birth control appointment and a prescription birth control method mailed to you

BCBenefits is constantly rolling out new benefits across the U.S. In the future, depending on your location, household size, and income, you may qualify for no-cost prescriptions, co-pays, transportation, childcare, and even help covering lost wages if you need to take time off to get your birth control. Check back to learn more about current and future benefit offerings.

How does BCBenefits work?

First, answer a few quick questions to see if you qualify for the program. If you do qualify, enrolling is easy:

  1. Create a Bedsider.org account.
  2. Upload one of the accepted document types (such as a pay stub or tax return) to verify your income.
  3. Confirm your benefits selection.

You’ll receive a promo code that can be applied to get the benefits you selected.

Please note: Any personal information you provide as part of enrolling in or using the BCBenefits program will be kept confidential and private, and will only be used to verify your eligibility for the program. We also encourage you to black out information like your Social Security number before submitting your document.

Can I participate if I already have insurance?

Yes! BCBenefits is not health insurance — it is a program that helps with costs that are not covered by health insurance. Your eligibility for the program is based on your income and your location — you can be eligible for the program regardless of your health insurance situation.

Availability

Where is BCBenefits available?

As of spring 2019, BCBenefits is available in the city of San Diego, California and the states of Louisiana, New Jersey, and New York. The program will expand to more locations across the U.S. throughout 2019.

Eligibility

Do I qualify for BCBenefits?

To be eligible for BCBenefits, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Age. You are 18 years old or older.
  2. Location. You live in an area where BCBenefits is currently available.
  3. Income. Your yearly income must be at or below 250% of the federal poverty level based on the number of people in your household.

What documents do I need to verify my eligibility?

To verify your income and eligibility, you need to upload a photo or file of one of the following documents:

  • Your 2018 tax return
  • A recent paycheck stub
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) documentation
  • National School Lunch Program documentation
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) documentation
  • You or your child’s Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) documentation
  • Your Medicaid card or other documentation

Any personal information you provide will be kept completely private, secure and confidential, and will only be used for the purposes of verifying your eligibility for the program. We also encourage you to black out information like your Social Security number before submitting your document.

What exactly are the income requirements?

The income requirements for BCBenefits are similar to income requirements for federally-funded programs such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which use the Federal Poverty Line to determine eligibility.

To qualify for BCBenefits, your yearly income must be at or below 250% of the federal poverty line based on your household size (how many people live in your house, including independents and dependents). As an example, example, if you live by yourself (a household size of one) and your yearly income is $11,000, you are below 250% of the federal poverty line and you’d meet the income eligibility requirement for the BCBenefits program.

Can someone under 18 access the program benefits if their parent or guardian is involved?

Unfortunately, program participants must be 18 years or older, even if a parent or guardian is involved.

How is this program funded?

BCBenefits is funded through private donations, foundations that fund public health programs, and donations from and partnerships with telemedicine health care providers. These funders include HeyDoctor, Medicines 360, Mountain Philanthropies, PRJKT Ruby, Soderberg Foundation, and Twentyeight Health and many individual donors.

Bedsider is an online birth control support network operated by Power to Decide, the campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy. Power to Decide is a non-profit organization that works to ensure that every young person has the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant and have a child—increasing their opportunity to pursue the future they want. BCBenefits supporters share our vision that people should be able to use the birth control they want so they can build the future they want for themselves and their families. Power to Decide is generously funded via contributions, gift, grants, and government funding. You can read more about funders of Power to Decide here.

what you may qualify for

Depending where you live, you may get these to help you get your birth control

Your Birth Control

Visit a health care provider online and get free birth control

Your Appointment

We’ll pay for your entire virtual (“telemedicine”) appointment

Telemedicine (sometimes called “telehealth” or “e-health”) lets doctors evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients remotely using a phone or computer.