March 7, 2017
House Reconciliation Bill Would Decimate Access to Family Planning
Last night, the US House Representatives released a fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget reconciliation package that would gut essential elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that have put health care coverage in reach for those who otherwise could not afford it. Read more.
February 14, 2017
NFPRHA Urges House to Block Rep. Black Resolution
On behalf of the network of publicly funded family planning providers, including state and local health departments, hospitals, family planning councils, federally qualified health centers, Planned Parenthood affiliates, and other private non-profit organizations, NFPRHA strongly opposes H.J. Res 43, the congressional disapproval resolution that would block a regulation clarifying and reinforcing existing provider protections within the Title X family planning program. Read more.
January 24, 2017
NFPRHA Opposes Confirmation of Congressman Tom Price as HHS Secretary
In a letter sent to the Senate Finance Committee today, NFPRHA expressed its opposition to the nomination of Representative Tom Price (R-GA) as Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services citing his long history of not supporting the publicly funded family planning network and the millions of patients it serves. Read more.
December 14, 2016
Title X Protections Will Not Shield Program from Peril
We celebrate today’s long overdue step toward strengthening and protecting the diverse network of family planning providers on which millions of poor and low-income women and men rely for high-quality family planning and sexual health care. Unfortunately, this protection may only be temporary. Read more.
September 2, 2016
HHS Proposal to Improve Title X a Welcome Starting Point
NFPRHA commends the Obama administration for publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking today designed to clarify and strengthen longstanding patient protections for the more than 4 million women and men who seek care through the Title X family planning program, the nation’s only dedicated source of public funding for family planning,” said Clare Coleman, President & CEO of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA). Read more.
September 1, 2016
Years of Budget Cuts Threaten Access to Family Planning Care
The report shows that in 2015, 4 million women and men sought services in the Title X network, which is 23% lower (1.2 million people fewer) than the program’s peak in 2010. This marks the fourth year in a row that the Title X program has sustained a decline in patient volume and the sixth year in a row that the program has not received any additional service delivery funding. Read more.
July 14, 2016
NFPRHA Denounces House Bill That Fails to Fund Title X
NFPRHA is extremely disappointed that the House has chosen to put politics over policy and failed to fund the Title X family planning program, the nation’s only funding source dedicated solely to reducing unintended pregnancy by providing family planning and sexual health care, including contraception, counseling, cancer screenings, and STD services to an estimated 4.1 million women and men every year. Read more.
July 6, 2016
House Proposes Title X Elimination
Today, the House appropriations subcommittee released a draft fiscal year (FY) 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) funding bill that eliminates the Title X family planning program. Read more.
June 27, 2016
Whole Woman’s Health Supreme Court Decision a Major Victory for Women’s Health
NFPRHA celebrates today’s Supreme Court ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the most significant abortion case in nearly 25 years, which challenged provisions of a Texas law that place unnecessary and baseless restrictions to safe and legal abortions and hamper the family planning provider network’s capacity to provide comprehensive, high-quality health care that millions of women and men count on every year. Read more.
June 14, 2016
NFPRHA Welcomes New Guidance Designed to Strengthen the Provision of Family Planning in Medicaid
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance designed to reinforce Medicaid program rules, strengthen the delivery of high-quality family planning services and supplies under Medicaid, and encourage states to implement approaches to ensure timely access to care. Read more.
June 7, 2016
Senate Proposal Fails the Title X Network
Today, the US Senate Appropriations Subcommittee released a draft fiscal year (FY) 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) funding bill that flat funds the Title X family planning program. Read more.
June 7, 2016
NFPRHA Celebrates Major Milestone in Legal Access to Contraception
Today, the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), representing publicly funded family planning providers across the country, celebrates the 51st anniversary of the 1965 landmark Supreme Court decision Griswold v. Connecticut, which affirmed the right of married couples to use contraception and first recognized an individual’s right to privacy in family planning matters. Read more.
March 23, 2016
Contraceptive Coverage Must Be Protected
Today the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Zubik v. Burwell, a challenge to the Obama administration’s accommodation for religiously affiliated nonprofit organizations that object to providing contraceptive coverage for their employees. A ruling in favor of the plaintiffs could have troubling repercussions on women’s access to care in this country. Read more.
February 9, 2016
White House Budget Falls Short on Family Planning
NFPRHA is relieved the president’s fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request includes $300 million for Title X, a modest increase in funding for the nation's family planning program. Unfortunately, we believe the president missed a prime opportunity to build on his legacy of improved public health by dedicating the resources needed to truly meet the growing demand of publicly funded family planning care in this country. Read more.
December 16, 2015
FY 2016 Omnibus a Missed Opportunity for Family Planning
Despite the more than $5 billion increase in spending authority for programs under the Labor, Health and Humans Services jurisdiction, Congress chose not to dedicate a stronger investment in public health programs that are proven to deliver results. Read more.
December 3, 2015
Senate Reconciliation Package Threatens Health Care Access
NFPRHA is very disappointed in Senate passage of the budget reconciliation package, which excludes Planned Parenthood from participating in the Medicaid program for one year, dismantles key components of the Affordable Care Act, and includes a provision that phases out the Medicaid expansion, which has allowed millions of poor and low-income individuals to access to health coverage and care. Read more.
November 6, 2015
NFPRHA Urges Supreme Court to Uphold Contraceptive Coverage Access
Despite the Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., legal challenges designed to upend bedrock protections of the Affordable Care Act and restrict women’s access to care persist. Today, the Supreme Court announced it will take up seven cases seeking permission for certain employers to use their religious objections to block women from getting the essential health coverage to which they are entitled by law. Read more.
September 17, 2015
Black Bill Puts Politics over Patients
As the national membership organization representing publicly funded family planning providers, NFPRHA strongly opposes HR 3134, sponsored by Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), that would place a one-year moratorium on all federal funding for Planned Parenthood, including the Title X family planning program and Medicaid, and redirect funding only to federally qualified health centers (FQHC) during the same period. Read more.
September 2, 2015
Title X Network Struggles with Continued Cuts, Declining Patient Numbers
For a fourth year in a row, the Title X family planning program, the federal grant program that helps states and local communities provide comprehensive family planning care, including contraception, counseling, STD services, and cancer screenings to low-income women and men, is experiencing a dramatic decline in patient volume despite a growing need for these services in communities across the country, according to the HHS Office of Population Affairs’ Family Planning Annual Report (FPAR) released on September 2. Read more.
August 3, 2015
Senate Vote to Reject Ernst Bill is a Victory for Women’s Health
Today’s vote is a victory for the millions of women and men who rely on the family planning safety net every year and the trusted providers who care for them. Read more.
July 29, 2015
Ernst Bill Must Be Rejected
As the national membership organization representing America's publicly funded family planning providers – state, county, and local health departments, hospitals, family planning councils, federally qualified health centers and other private non-profit organizations including Planned Parenthood affiliates - NFPRHA stands in strong opposition to S. 1881, introduced by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA). Read more.
July 10, 2015
White House Opposes Damaging Title X Cuts
On Thursday, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) expressed serious concerns about a Senate funding bill that slashes the Title X family planning program by $28.7 million, or 10%, to $257.8 million. The following is a statement from Clare Coleman, President & CEO of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA). Read more.
June 25, 2015
Supreme Court Decision Secures Affordable Access to Care for Millions
Today’s ruling by the high court in King v. Burwell is a major victory in the efforts to improve the quality, affordability, and accessibility of preventive health services, including contraception, in the country. The Supreme Court upheld Congress’ intent to provide financial assistance to individuals seeking affordable health coverage, regardless of whether they reside in a state that opted to operate its own marketplace under the Affordable Care Act. Read more.
June 23, 2015
Senate’s Proposed Cuts to Title X are Pound-Foolish
The US Senate Appropriations Subcommittee responsible for funding the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies today released its fiscal year (FY) 2016 funding proposal that cuts funding for Title X, the nation’s family planning program by $28.7 million (10%) to $257.8 million. Full release.
June 17, 2015
Ranking Members Lowey and DeLauro Stand Up for Title X
NFPRHA applauds Representatives Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) for offering amendments to the FY 2016 Labor-HHS appropriations package to restore critical funding to the Title X family planning program. If either amendment was adopted, Title X, which has been woefully underfunded in recent history, would receive $300 million, a much-needed infusion of resources aligned with the President’s FY 2016 budget request instead of its proposed elimination in the Chairman’s mark. Full release.
June 16, 2015
House Subcommittee Funding Proposal Eliminates Family Planning Program
The House Appropriations Labor-HHS Subcommittee today issued a fiscal year 2016 funding proposal that would eliminate funding for the Title X family planning program, the nation’s only grant program solely dedicated to providing family planning and other preventive health care to low-income, under-insured, and uninsured individuals who otherwise would lack access to care. Full release.
June 4, 2015
Poll: Strong Public Support for Increased Family Planning Funding, Right to Privacy in Family Planning
A national public opinion poll released today by the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut, shows that the current anti-women’s health agenda being pushed in Congress today is out of sync with American women. Full Release.
May 11, 2015
NFPRHA Applauds HHS’ Commitment to Protecting Access to Birth Control
The National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA) commends the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for affirming that women should have access to the full range of FDA-approved methods of contraception with no financial burden, as detailed in new guidance issued today on the Affordable Care Act’s women’s preventive health services benefit. Full Release.
April 22, 2015
HEAL Act Could Dramatically Reduce Health Disparities in the US
The National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA) commends Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) for introducing the Health Equity and Access under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women and Families Act today, which would ensure timely access to affordable, confidential, high-quality family planning and sexual health services, supplies, and information for millions of vulnerable people across the country. Full Release.
March 4, 2015
Removing Tax Credits Creates Uncertainty for Family Planning Network
Today the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell, a case that will decide whether financial assistance to purchase health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can continue to be made available in the 34 states that participate in the federally supported marketplace. If the Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs, an estimated 9.3 million people will be at risk of losing access to affordable care, and women in particular will bear the brunt of the burden. Full Release.
February 2, 2015
President Renews Call to Strengthen Family Planning
NFPRHA commends the president for demonstrating a commitment to strengthening the publicly funded family planning network by calling for Title X to be increased to $300 million, an increase of $13.5 million over FY 2015 funding. This investment is vital to the network’s capacity to provide care to the millions of men and women who rely on Title X as their primary source of care. Full Release.
December 13, 2014
Omnibus Spending Bill Levels Funds for Title X Family Planning
Late Saturday, Congress passed a fiscal year (FY) 2015 spending package that nowhere meets the needs to ensure access to high-quality family planning and sexual health services for low-income and uninsured women and families across the country. NFPRHA is disappointed that Congress has once again abdicated its responsibility to make true funding decisions by passing a package that primarily reflects previous year’s funding vis-à-vis a continuing resolution-like model. The bill contains no new funding for Title X, our nation’s family planning program dedicated to providing family planning and contraceptive services, counseling, education, and preventive health screenings to nearly 4.6 million women and men every year. Full Release.
November 13, 2014
Family Planning Health Centers Play Crucial Role in Raising Awareness about Enrollment
As the membership organization representing family planning administrators and clinicians predominantly serving low-income and uninsured women and men, the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA) knows publicly funded family planning health centers are uniquely positioned to help uninsured and hard-to-reach populations gain access to new, more affordable health coverage available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Full Release.
November 7, 2014
Supreme Court’s Decision to Hear King v. Burwell Troubling, Says NFPRHA
Today’s decision by the US Supreme Court to take up King v. Burwell raises new and troubling questions. One of the primary goals of the health reform law was to make care more affordable. It was so important, Congress included it in the name: the Affordable Care Act. The premium subsidies are essential to that affordability, offering a lifeline to millions of women and families who have been able to access high-quality health coverage through the law, many for the first time in their lives. Full Release.
September 29, 2014
NFPRHA Heralds New LARC Policy from the American Academy of Pediatrics
NFPRHA commends the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for issuing new recommendations on long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC)—intrauterine device (IUD) and contraceptive implant— use among adolescent girls. Full Release.
August 22, 2014
Administration Releases Interim Final Rule Expanding Contraceptive Coverage Accommodation
Today’s rulemaking is designed to help ensure that women impacted by the Supreme Court’s recent decisions undermining contraceptive coverage can continue to access these important preventive health services without financial barriers. Full Release.
August 1, 2012
NFPRHA, Nation’s Leading Advocate for Publicly Funded Family Planning, Celebrates Start of Women’s Health Preventive Benefits Coverage
Today, the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA) celebrates the implementation of a critical provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for women and their families: access to routine preventive health care services, including contraceptive coverage and counseling, well-woman visits, STD testing, and domestic violence counseling, at no additional cost to women with commercial insurance. The start of this coverage is a critical first phase to ensuring affordable health care for many more women. Full Release.
June 7, 2012
NFPRHA, Nation’s Leading Advocate for Publicly Funded Family Planning, Marks 47th Anniversary of the Griswold v. Connecticut Decision
Today, the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA) salutes the 47th anniversary of the 1965 landmark Supreme Court decision Griswold v. Connecticut, which affirmed the right of married couples to use contraceptives and first recognized an individual’s right to privacy in family planning matters. The Griswold case helped pave the way for Title X (ten), the national family planning program, sponsored by then-Representative George H. W. Bush and signed into law in 1970 by President Richard Nixon. Full Release.