Additional financial assistance in the form of a special needs grant is being introduced by the Government to help women on benefits with associated costs of obtaining or removing long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), where those costs are not funded elsewhere. People providing contraception advice and services to beneficiary patients will need to be aware of the new financial help.
The new grant
The grant can help with additional costs for accessing the following types of subsidised LARC:
Financial assistance can only be given for additional associated costs for LARCs that are subsidised by Pharmac. This could include:
It does not include contraceptive pills or condoms.
Who can get the assistance?
The grant will be introduced in two phases.
From 20 August 2012, it will be available to young women aged 16 to 18 years of age who are:
From 15 October 2012 it will be available to:
GPs will receive payment for LARC services directly from the client. This may be via a payment card.
Advise your eligible patients to contact the local Work and Income office for more information.