FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 10, 2015
Contact: Audrey Sandusky, 202-293-3114 ext. 207

White House Opposes Damaging Title X Cuts

WASHINGTON, DC – 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).

“NFPRHA is pleased that the Obama Administration has again stated its abiding concerns about Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 funding levels, and specifically about the Senate Appropriations Committee's FY 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) funding proposal. The proposal includes, among other damaging funding cuts, an allocation for Title X, 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, that is 14% lower than the president’s request. The Obama Administration voiced similar concerns over the House FY 2016 Labor-HHS bill that would completely eliminate Title X. 

“NFPRHA thanks the administration for its strong support for Title X, a program that provides essential family planning and sexual health care, including contraception, counseling, sexually transmitted disease screening and treatment, and breast and cervical cancer screenings, to nearly 4.6 million women and men every year. For many of these patients, the services they receive in a Title X-funded health center are the only health care they receive all year. 

“When Congress proposes to slash funding for such a critically needed program, it threatens the health and wellbeing of those served by the program and their families. Every year, Title X services prevent 1.1 million unintended pregnancies, more than 500,000 unplanned births, and nearly 400,000 abortions. In 2010, Title X-funded preventive services accounted for $7 billion in taxpayer savings.

“We are grateful the White House recognizes the key role Title X plays in strengthening the public’s health and saving taxpayer dollars, and we will continue to work with the White House and champions on the Hill to ensure these dangerous proposed funding cuts never become law.”

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NFPRHA represents the broad spectrum of family planning administrators and clinicians serving the nation's low-income and uninsured. NFPRHA’s more than 840 member organizations operate or fund a network of nearly 5,000 health centers and service sites that provide comprehensive family planning services to millions of low-income and uninsured or underinsured individuals in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

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