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Maternal and Child Health: Reproductive Health and Family Planning

 Over-the-counter oral contraception

As of January 24, 2024, members of BadgerCare Plus and most Wisconsin Medicaid programs are able to get over-the-counter oral contraception with no copay when they check out at the pharmacy with their ForwardHealth card. Learn more: BadgerCare Plus and Wisconsin Medicaid: Over-the-Counter Oral Contraceptives, P-03564 PDF.

Program purpose

The Wisconsin Reproductive Health and Family Planning (RHFP) program supports clinics across the state of Wisconsin. RHFP helps clinics provide:

  • Family planning services.
  • Reproductive health services.
  • Sexual health services.

The program makes sure that these services are available for all who need them in the state.

If you have questions about access to abortion services, call 414-289-3002 or contact your provider.

RHFP program goals

The RHFP program focuses on three main areas:

  • Comprehensive services—We bring together different providers to create a network of clinics and referral partners. This means clients have access to a full range of service options.
  • Health equity—We promote reproductive justice and equal access to care. We work to find and break down barriers at the individual and system level.
  • Coordinated care—We organize a network of high-quality family planning and reproductive health care services across the state. We do this by providing standard information, training, and resources to all partners.

News and updates

  • Over-the-counter oral contraception, P-03564 (PDF) : As of January 24, 2024, members of BadgerCare Plus and most Wisconsin Medicaid programs are able to get over-the-counter oral contraception with no copay when they check out at the pharmacy with their ForwardHealth card.
  • Wisconsin Department of Health encourages expedited partner therapy: Department of Health Services Reproductive Health Family Planning and Sexually Transmitted Disease units have joined forces with regional advocates to help spread the message that Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) is not only legal in Wisconsin but is highly encouraged. EPT is the clinical practice of treating the partner(s) of patients diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI), by providing prescriptions or medications to the patient to take to their partner(s) without the health care provider first examining the partner. In Wisconsin, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis are treatable under Wis. Stat. §448.035.
  • FDA approves nonprescription daily oral contraceptive: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a daily, oral contraceptive pill for use without a prescription. The Opill progestin-only (norgestrel) oral contraceptive is expected to be available in stores and online in 2024. Opill is safe and effective when used as directed, reversible, and can be used by birthing people of all ages. It is not for use as an emergency contraception or as protection against sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Expanding affordable and safe nonprescription contraceptive methods will help to reduce access barriers for birthing people, the uninsured, adolescents, and other groups. Availability of this nonprescription contraceptive is expected to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and their associated potential risks.

Resources for people looking for clinical services

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To understand your rights, view:

  • Know Your Rights: Reproductive Health Care—Find up-to-date details about access and coverage of reproductive health care and resources. These come from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Reproductive health care includes access to birth control and safe and legal abortion care.
  • Abortion Laws by State—Learn about reproductive laws currently in place in Wisconsin and other states. Information comes from the Center for Reproductive Rights.

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If you are pregnant, you should see a health care provider regularly. Don’t delay getting care if:

  • You have life-threatening complications of pregnancy, such as:
    • Ectopic pregnancy.
    • Incomplete miscarriage.
    • Incomplete placental delivery.
  • You or someone you know tries to end a pregnancy outside of the health care system and suffers complications. Get care right away if this results in infection, prolonged bleeding, or other issues. Note that health care providers must keep what you share with them confidential.
  • You have feelings of anxiety, depression, or other mental health concerns. Talk to a provider you trust or call 211 for support.
  • You have thoughts of suicide or feel you are in danger. Call 911. There are also crisis lines you can contact by phone or text.

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Your primary health care provider or a health clinic may be able to help with:

  • Birth control.
  • Emergency contraception.
  • Intimate partner safety.
  • Pregnancy testing and counseling.
  • Preventive and primary care services.
  • Referrals for follow-up or special care.
  • Sexually transmitted disease screening and treatment.

If you don’t already have a provider, these resources can help:

  • Title X Clinic Finder—Use the search tool to find a family planning clinic near you. Call a clinic to ask about their hours and specific services.
  • Planned Parenthood—Get affordable health care.

All services through Title X and Planned Parenthood are your choice and are private. You can also get them no matter your health insurance status. No one is turned away if they can’t pay. Staff work with you to make sure the services you get are covered. Some people qualify for benefits to help pay for the visit through the Family Planning Only Services Medicaid benefit.

For general questions about health care services in Wisconsin, either:

Resources for public health or health care providers

Are you a public health or health care provider? Do you work in our network or are you interested in joining our network? If so, these resources may be helpful for you. Expand a section to learn more.

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As a health care provider, it’s important to take care of your own mental health. Here are some helpful strategies:

  • Watch for signs of burnout and stress—Look out for anything from poor hygiene, depression, irritability, and fatigue to more serious signs. These might include constant worry, startling easily, or frequent nightmares.
  • Make time to unwind—Take time every day to do things you enjoy.
  • Get support from team members—Set up a buddy system for staff to share concerns, talk about stress, and watch over each other’s safety and well-being.
  • Ask for help when you need it—Call the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline or your county crisis line if you feel like you want to hurt yourself or others. You can also text HOPELINE to 741741.
  • Find healthy ways to cope with stress—Take breaks from work, eat healthy foods, exercise, and socialize with friends and family. Do not use drugs and alcohol as a way to cope.
  • Limit news and social media time—Take phone and computer breaks. Repeated reports and posts about traumatic events can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body—Eat healthy, do some type of regular movement, and get enough sleep.

Learn more through Resilient Wisconsin.

Who to contact for help

Contact RHFP at or reach out to individual staff:

Jelena Debelnogich, MPH
RHFP Epidemiologist 

Ashley Dombrowicki, RN, BSN, MSN
RHFP RN Consultant

Dr. Laura Jacques, MD
Title X Medical Director 

Chelsea Onchuck, RN, BSN
Unit Supervisor 

Last revised April 8, 2024