OSU is pleased to participate in Oregon Contraceptive Care (CCare). This federal program provides FREE contraceptive management services, birth control, and reproductive health care to men and women. If you qualify you will not be billed for contraceptive management services. Even students who have health insurance can enroll in CCare.
Student Health Services is staffed by highly qualified health professionals who provide confidential services to guide you to the best birth control method for your lifestyle.
Please feel free to contact the SHS CCare office at 541-737-9140 or stop by 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. You don’t need an appointment to enroll in CCare. We are located in the Plageman Building, Room 117, across from the elevator.
What Is CCare?
CCare is a program that is funded by the Centers for Medicaid Services and the Oregon State Department of Human Services through a grant. This allows OSU Student Health to provide reproductive health care and contraceptive services to women and men who meet certain income criteria.
How Do I Know If I’m Eligible?
In order to qualify for the program, you must be a U.S. citizen or have eligible immigration status (see CCare office staff). You cannot currently be enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan. Your monthly income cannot exceed $2,475 for one person and $3,338 for a couple. This is just your income (before taxes) and does not include your parents’ income, nor does it include any money that is obtained through financial aid. If you meet these requirements, we can enroll you immediately and help schedule an appointment for you to meet with a clinician.
How Do I Enroll in CCare?
CCare is a part of Student Health Services and is located in the Plageman Building, Room 117 (across from the elevator). Our office hours are 9 a.m.–5 p.m. The enrollment process takes less than 10 minutes, during which time you fill out a form and schedule an appointment with a clinician.
What Services Will CCare Provide?
CCare will pay for contraceptive management office visits including birth control consultations, initiation and follow-up care, a yearly exam, and emergency contraception.
What Birth Control Methods Are Available?
Oral contraceptives, emergency contraceptive (Plan B), ring, patch, Depo Provera (hormonal injection), IUS (Mirena), IUD (ParaGard), hormonal implant (Implanon), male and female condoms, diaphragm, and spermicides are all methods available through CCare ["Cómo elegir un método anticonceptivo" (Spanish PDF)].
What Services Are Not Covered by CCare?
CCare does not provide treatment for bladder or urinary tract infections, prenatal care, pregnancy confirmation or STI testing and treatment.
Where Can I Go for My Contraceptives If I Am Not Eligible for CCare?
As an OSU student who has paid student fees for the current term, you can still access contraceptive services at Student Health. There is no charge for most visits. Labs, X-rays, and prescriptions can be billed to your student account.
What If I Have Insurance or Am On My Parents’ Plan?
Students who have insurance that covers contraceptive management can still be eligible for the program if they meet the other criteria. We will bill your insurance provider and then CCare as a secondary. You will not be charged. However, if you are insured under your parents’ plan you may request special confidentiality. In this case no insurance billing will go out and CCare will cover all charges. Feel free to contact the CCare office for more information at 541-737-9140.
I Am Not a Student at OSU. Can I Still Enroll?
Only those who have paid fees for the current term are eligible for CCare at Student Health Services. However, you can still apply for CCare services through Benton County Health Department or a Health Department in the city or county where you live. To locate a clinic near you, visit http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/ph/fp/clinics.shtml.
Do I Have to Fill Out a New Enrollment Form If I Am Renewing CCare?
Yes. Clients must complete a new enrollment form annually. This will enable us to determine if you are still eligible to receive CCare services.
What Is the Duration of Eligibility for CCare?
Eligibility, once determined, will remain effective for one year (12 months) from the date of initial determination. Eligibility determined at one site is accepted at all CCare and/or Planned Parenthood clinics in Oregon.
Do I Have to See a Clinician Before I Can Get Contraceptives?
If you are new to the CCare program at SHS, you will need to schedule an initial office visit for contraceptive counseling. This appointment takes approximately 40 minutes. During this appointment your clinician will discuss different contraceptive methods and will help you choose the best method for your lifestyle. A prescription will be sent to the pharmacy, where you can pick it up. If you need emergency contraception before your initial visit, you can see a nurse as soon as you have finished enrolling.
Do I Have to Have an Annual Exam to Start Contraceptives?
You do not need to schedule an annual exam to discuss contraception. After your initial office visit, your clinician can determine whether you should have an annual exam.