CPPP Comments on Rules to Support Access to Highly Qualified Family Planning Providers in the Federal Title X Program

///CPPP Comments on Rules to Support Access to Highly Qualified Family Planning Providers in the Federal Title X Program

Title X, the only dedicated source of federal funding for family planning, plays an essential role in proving access to preventive health care in Texas and the nation. The Center for Public Policy Priorities strongly supports the Office of Population Affair’s efforts to clarify and reinforce the longstanding requirement that health care providers not be excluded from the program for reasons unrelated to their qualifications to provide Title X-funded services.

Despite lessons learned in Texas and mounting evidence that expelling well-qualified, trusted family planning providers from publicly funded health programs like Title X has adverse effects on women’s access to critical preventive health care, an increasing number of states are targeting family planning providers for exclusion from key federal health programs, including Title X.

The proposed federal rule would protect access to health care supported by Title X, the nation’s family planning program. The rule would ensure that highly qualified health care providers, like Planned Parenthood, can offer the services people need in their own communities.

  • More than four million people rely on Title X
  • Most of them have incomes well below the federal poverty line
  • Every dollar spent on Title X saves more than $7 in Medicaid-related costs

Read our submitted comments and learn more about the federal rule to protect access to the nation’s family planning program here.

Stacey Pogue joined the center in 2008. She focuses on health policy issues. Before coming to the center, she did health policy and research work with the Medicaid and CHIP Division of the Health and Human Services Commission and the Texas Department of Insurance. In 2010 and 2011, she was selected to serve as a funded Consumer Representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). Pogue earned a Bachelor of Science in Geography, summa cum laude, from Texas A&M University in 1997 and a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin in 2005.

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