Emergency Contraception

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Emergency Contraception

If you are 16 or younger, you will need a doctor's prescription to get emergency contraception (EC). You should get your Medicaid number from your caseworker and ask for assistance finding a provider (either at your agency or outside it) who can see you immediately. If you don't want to involve your caseworker, you can go on your own to any of the adolescent-friendly health clinics listed in the resource guide at the end of this handbook. You can then take the prescription to any drugstore and use your Medicaid number to pay for the medication. Some health clinics also keep a stock of EC and can give it to you on site.

You might want to consider asking your doctor in advance for a prescription for EC. Many doctors will give you a prescription so that you'll have it if you need it.

If you are 17 or older, you do not need a doctor's prescription to get EC. You can go to any pharmacy and purchase it directly from the pharmacist. You can use your Medicaid card or number to pay for it. You'll need ID for proof of age, so if you do not have an ID, you can ask a caseworker to accompany you to the pharmacy with proof of your date of birth. If you do not have an ID and do not want your agency involved, call your attorney for help.