Where do you stand on changes to Title X funding?
Title X is the nation’s low-income federal program for family planning and reproductive healthcare. The program had a little over $289 million in appropriated funds for the 2019 fiscal year. Those funds have declined gradually since hitting a peak of $317 million in 2010, according to HHS government numbers.
In 2017, the government estimates that 3.9 million patients had a total of 6.5 million appointments that were made possible through the Title X program. In 2017, 9 in 10 of those patients were female, with 65% having family incomes at or below the poverty level. 3.5 million of the 3.9 million total had either subsidized or “no-charge services” through Title X.
The decision to implement a so-called ‘gag-rule’ on abortion referrals was met with criticism from healthcare providers and advocates, who argued the change in funding would limit access to family planning and reproductive healthcare for millions of low-income patients. This is due to the removal of all Title X funding for those providers that did not comply – not just funding related to abortion services.
The Trump Administration, via the official HHS press release from Feb. 22, 2019, declared that Title X recipients could not provide referrals for abortion services, stating that the “facilities” must be separate.
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