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things YOU need to know about the Affordable Care Act! 1. Financial help is available! Most individuals

making less than $45,960 per year, and most families of four making less than $94,200 can get financial help purchasing a new plan.

2. Each state has a new Health Insurance


• Most Effective Methods of Birth Control • PPCW’s Teen Council • Health Educators in Kenya • Celebrating 50 Years!

Parents can keep their children on their policies until they turn 26. There’s no lifetime limit on what insurance companies will pay if someone gets really sick. And starting January 1, adults’ policies cannot be denied or canceled for any reason.

7. Get health insurance – or pay the fine! Anyone

who doesn’t have medical insurance by March 31, 2014 will have to pay a $95 penalty, or 1% of their annual income, whichever is greater. By 2016, that penalty will rise to $695 or 2.5% of your annual income.

8. Businesses aren’t required to insure workers this

year, but in 2015, employers of more than the equivalent of 50 full-time workers will have to insure or pay a penalty.

Marketplace – a website where you can search for a plan, compare coverage and costs, find out if you qualify for financial help, and sign up for a plan. Oregon’s is Cover Oregon (; Washington’s is HealthPlanFinder (

3. Open Enrollment is the only time when you can

sign up for a new insurance plan via the Marketplace. Open enrollment began on October 1, 2013, and ends on March 31, 2014.

4. Whether you buy your insurance from the exchange

or not, starting January 1 all new health insurance policies have to cover essential benefits like birth control and breastfeeding support services, emergency care, maternity care, hospitalization, drug prescriptions and more.

5. If you have a pre-existing condition, insurance plans cannot deny you coverage.

6. Some parts of Obamacare are already in effect:

Already, insurance companies can’t deny coverage to anyone 19 or younger for pre-existing health conditions.

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Teen Council PPCW’s Education department partners with local schools and communities to improve the health of teens through comprehensive, evidence-based, age-appropriate education programs. Teen Council members learn presentation and classroom management skills to provide quality education. The youth involved are highly encouraged to have open dialogue with family members about topics they are teaching. Teen Council members learn valuable and transferable skills that improve their school experience, confidence with job interviews and applications for scholarships and college. Teen Council works to end stigma by normalizing conversations about HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy and LGBTQ inclusion. Teens fight to prevent health disparities, promote social justice, and encourage access to health care. Aside from formal classroom teaching, teens organize awareness events such as: • Love your Body Day • Breast Cancer Awareness Month • National Coming out Day • World AIDS Day • National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy


Celebrating 50 years! PPCW proudly celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013. View our timeline posters celebrating our 50 year history, created by local artists and designers.


One implant can prevent pregancy for up to 3 years!


One IUD can prevent pregancy for 5 to 12 years depending on the type of IUD used.


Most Effective Methods of Birth Control A survey by the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM), released in October, found that, despite the broad range of birth control options available, women do not feel knowledgeable about how to choose the best option for them. In fact, many women have harmful misperceptions about birth control effectiveness and risks. The pill may be popular, but Planned Parenthood’s clinicians remind patients that the most effective methods of birth control are long-acting reversible contraceptives, or LARCs, including IUDs and implants. These LARC methods are 20 times as effective as the pill, and women who use them have higher satisfaction than those who use the pill. Learn more about LARCs by visiting


Health Educators in Kenya by Alicia Temple

As part of Planned Parenthood’s Global Youth Ambassador Fellowship, PPCW’s Alicia Temple spent this past July in Kenya to learn more about global women’s health and youth outreach.

“My time in Kenya was split between the bustle of capital city Nairobi and a small rural town. While in Ukwala I worked with an organiza­tion called the Matibabu Foundation. Matibabu runs a hospital and numerous great programs throughout the country, many of them specifically working with youth. I had the opportu­nity to spend time with their Youth Peer Providers (YPPs). YPPs are 18-24 year olds trained to be peer health educators,

having every­day conversations about how to avoid unwanted pregnancy and STDs. Most importantly, YPPs cre­ate a safe space for the community to address concerns about their sexual and reproductive health. The YPP participants and their motiva­tion varied. One YPP I met is a 23-yearold social work student whose resume is extensive. She has been an active community organizer, including work­ ing in high schools to help reduce the rates of HIV/AIDs. She was trendy and outspoken and had fabu­lous pink streaks through her braided mohawk. Her excitement about the program permeated our entire conver­sation. This YPP was most looking for­ward to helping create unity among her peers, citing unsupportive communities as one of the biggest challenges facing youth in Kenya. Another YPP was a young married mother. She dressed much more traditionally and spoke gently as she shared her passion for working with her fellow youth. Her belief was that access to information frees people and allows them to be more open members of society. New to conversations about family planning herself, she was looking forward to learning about the options

both for her role as a YPP and for her own family. From these two young women I learned that myths about birth control were rampant. Just like youth anywhere, they were trying to discern what information was reliable. I was reminded that issues facing youth are the same no matter what country you live in and youth need the same information to stay healthy. And just like youth in the US, they wanted to know that if they went to a health center they would be given accurate information without judgment. Their concerns resonate no matter what country one calls home. And that is the true power of global experience: the reminder that ultimately, the world is a much smaller and more connected place than we think.” In addition to her work as a Planned Parenthood Global Youth Ambassador, Alicia is a Program Manager at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon.

PPCW FUN Facts! PPCW clinicians performed approximately 10,500 pap tests last year, and an equal number of breast exams! PPCW dispensed about 50,000 doses of emergency contraception last year! PPCW performed visits last year in 36 different languages! 6,740 patients received Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARC) birth control methods last year!

Planned Parenthood Annual Luncheon Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Portland Hilton Join 1,000 women, men and teens at our Annual Luncheon to support PPCW’s mission to provide, promote and protect access to sexual and reproductive health care. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Gloria Wilder, founder of Core Health. She is a passionate pediatric and health equity champion. RSVP or become a sponsor today! 503.775.4931 x4 or



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Our 10 Health Centers Provide: • Annual gynecological exams and Pap tests • Birth control and family planning services • Emergency Contraception (EC) • Pregnancy testing and options information • Abortion services • Referrals for prenatal care and adoption • HIV/AIDS testing and counseling • STD testing and treatment • HPV vaccine • Colposcopy and LEEP (testing and treatment after an abnormal Pap test) • Vasectomy

Questions? Need a health care appointment? 1-888-576-PLAN (7526) •

PPCW Connect Newsletter – Winter 2013  
PPCW Connect Newsletter – Winter 2013