Twentyeight Health, a telehealth company increasing access to sexual and reproductive care for women from underserved communities, has announced that it is now accepting Medicaid in Georgia for birth control.
“As a Georgia resident and physician, I’ve seen firsthand the difficulty women can have accessing birth control for myriad reasons, from not being able to get to the doctor to get a prescription, to not being able to afford the birth control they’re prescribed,” said Ijeoma Azonobi MD MPH, a Twentyeight Health physician partner. “In my role at Twentyeight Health, I look forward to helping more women access high-quality, equitable and affordable sexual and reproductive care.”
To sign up for Twentyeight Health, new users fill out a medical questionnaire online, which a U.S. board-certified doctor reviews within 24 hours. Patients can then schedule an audio consultation to evaluate birth control options, and securely message the doctor. Twentyeight Health users receive free, at-home delivery, and receive ongoing care through direct messaging with the doctor to discuss issues such as updating prescriptions or addressing side effects. In 2021, Twentyeight Health launched Spanish language services, which gives users access to a Spanish language website, and customer phone, text, and email support in Spanish.
“According to Power to Decide, more than 600,000 women in Georgia live in contraceptive deserts, and aren’t able to access a health center that offers a full range of contraceptive methods,” said Amy Fan, co-founder of Twentyeight Health. “Telehealth shows incredible promise for closing this contraceptive gap — particularly when telehealth providers design their services with a focus on affordability and access.”
In addition to accepting Medicaid, Twentyeight Health is working to provide free birth control for women who are not able to pay out of pocket through a partnership with Bedsider’s Contraceptive Access Fund, and donates 2% of revenues to Bedsider, and the National Institute for Reproductive Health.