HEALTH

New family planning program to benefit low-income residents

Low-income residents who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid will now be able to access family planning services through the state.

Birth control, pregnancy tests, STI/HIV screenings, counseling and other services for men and women will be covered by Plan First, a new program for individuals who make up to 205% of the poverty rate.

For a single adult, that translates to a maximum annual income of $25,605, or $34,666 for a couple.

According to the Department of Human Services, which administers Plan First, the program is designed to reduce unintended pregnancies.

The program does not provide health insurance or minimum essential health care coverage such as physical exams.

Under the benefit plan, those without insurance will not have to cover a copay or other out-of pocket costs.