For Immediate Release: April 9, 2021
Contact: Audrey Sandusky, (202) 344-5805, asandusky@nfprha.org

Biden Administration’s Budget Proposal Falls Short for Nation’s Family Planning Program

Washington, DCToday the White House released part of its fiscal year 2022 budget proposal, recommending $340 million for the Title X program. The following is a statement from Clare Coleman, President & CEO of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA).

“The White House budget blueprint released today proposes $340 million for the Title X family planning program, far short of what is needed to address deepening crises facing the nation’s family planning safety net. While this would be the highest ever appropriation for the program if enacted, health providers are struggling to stay open and keep essential services available in their communities in wake of the Trump administration’s Title X rule, which through the end of 2019 left more than 1.5 million people without access to Title X-funded care, and the devastating COVID-19 pandemic.

“President Biden has had several opportunities to expedite recovery for this network, yet at every turn his administration is failing to respond to desperate and urgent calls for relief. Today’s inadequate funding proposal is coupled with needlessly slow action to rescind the 2019 rule and reverse the damage caused by years of regressive policy decisions. The Biden administration has not only undercut its stated commitment to support family planning providers in today’s budget proposal but has chosen to keep the field in a dangerous holding pattern with a drawn-out rulemaking process.

“A much bolder investment in Title X is needed to rebuild the network, restore access to health services for those who rely on our nation’s family planning program every year, and reduce health inequities in this country. NFPRHA will work hard to ensure that Congress champions Title X and advances appropriations bills that truly meet this critical need.”

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NFPRHA is a membership organization representing publicly funded family planning providers and administrators nationwide. NFPRHA advances and elevates the importance of family planning in the nation’s health care system and promotes and supports the work of family planning providers and administrators, especially those in the safety net. For more information, visit nationalfamilyplanning.org.

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