Planned Parenthood unveiled a new program that will make it easier for women to obtain contraceptives in some states.
The reproductive health nonprofit recently launched a telehealth video service in Minnesota and Washington allowing women and girls to consult with a care provider and receive prescriptions without having to visit a doctor’s office.
Planned Parenthood online chats take about 15 minutes and come with a $45 price tag.Called Planned Parenthood Care, the service starts with client logging into the website or mobile app (iOS and Android) and connecting with a clinician to set up a video chat. The clinician takes it from where, asking the client on her ideal form of birth control — such as pill, patch or ring — which is then delivered by mail to the client’s doorstep.
According to Planned Parenthood, these online chats take about 15 minutes and come with a $45 price tag. The service is available daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Minnesota, and Monday through Friday in Washington state.
The video chat program doesn’t take insurance currently, but Planned Parenthood hopes to work out deals with insurance providers in the near future. Meanwhile, they suggest sending a receipt from a video consultation to the insurance providers for a potential reimbursement.
Speaking with the Huffington Post, the organization’s spokeswoman said this new offering comes as part of the attempt to adapt to a younger, more tech-savvy generation.