Contraceptives, free for all students who qualify.

Oregon State is pleased to participate in Oregon Contraceptive Care (CCare)

This federal program provides free contraceptive management services, birth control, and reproductive health care to individuals, regardless of gender.

If you qualify you will not be billed for contraceptive management services. Students who have health insurance (except Oregon Health Plan enrollees) can also enroll in CCare.

Frequently Asked Questions

SHS is staffed by highly qualified health professionals who provide confidential services to guide you to the best birth control method for your lifestyle. Contact the appointment line to schedule a contraceptive counseling appointment at 541-737-9355. We are not accepting walk up appointments.

Please feel free to contact the SHS CCare office with additional questions:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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 Student Health Services to provide reproductive health care and contraceptive services to women and men who meet certain income criteria.

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.

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.

Do I have to have an annual exam to start contraceptives?

No. 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.

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.

What if I don't qualify for CCare?

If you don't qualify for CCare and you have private insurance, your private insurance will be billed for contraceptive services, supplies and annual exams. Prescriptions will be sent to your pharmacy of choice.

If you do not feel comfortable having your insurance billed, or your insurance does not cover contraceptive services, then a $5 administrative fee will be placed on your student account in addition to any fees for lab work or procedures.

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 for more information on immigration status eligibility).
  • You cannot currently be enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan.
  • Your monthly income cannot exceed $2,529 for one person and $3,429 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 schedule an appointment for you to meet with a clinician, usually within a couple of days.

Separating contraceptive services and annual exams from Student Health Services' list of services covered by the health fee allows students who are eligible to enroll in the free CCare program.

What birth control methods are available?
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Emergency contraceptive (Plan B)
  • Ring
  • Patch
  • Depo Provera (hormonal injection)
  • IUS (Mirena, Skyla, Kyleena)
  • IUD (ParaGard)
  • Hormonal implant (Nexplanon)
  • External and receptive condoms
  • Diaphragm
  • Spermicides
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 contraceptive related charges. Feel free to contact the CCare office for more information about CCare coverage information at 541-737-9140.

Feel free to contact the CCare office for more information at 541-737-9140.

How do I enroll in CCare?

CCare is a part of Student Health Services. The CCare office is staffed remotely at this time and our office hours are 8:00am-4:00pm Monday through Friday. Enrollments are done electronically. Contact the CCare office to request an enrollment form at 541-737-9140 or send us an email and one will be sent to you via Docusign.

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.

Do I have to see a clinician before I can get contraceptives?

If you are new to the CCare program at SHS or you are needing a refill, you will need to schedule an initial appointment for contraceptive counseling. The appointment takes approximately 30 minutes and is done via telehealth. During this appointment, your clincian will discuss different contraceptive methods and will help you choose the best method for your lifestyle. A prescription will be filled onsite at SHS unless you prefer to fill it off campus (CCare does not cover prescriptions sent off campus). If you need emergency contraception before your initial visit, contact the appointment line to schedule a sameday telehealth appointment with a nurse.

How will I receive my birth control now that the OSU Pharmacy has closed?

SHS will fill and dispense prescriptions for CCare patients.

How will I receive my prescription once it’s filled?

You can pick it up at Student Health or it can be mailed to any address in Oregon (Vaginal ring prescriptions are unable to be mailed).