Title X Family Planning Programs in Central PA

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Changes to Title X Funding and How They Will Impact Our Community

Title X funding provides essential health services to more than 35,000 individuals within the central Pennsylvania community. Despite the program’s proven success nationwide for nearly 50 years, the current administration has issued a draft final rule that will drastically impact the crucial care that Title X providers are able to offer. This rule diminishes Family Health Council of Central Pennsylvania’s ability to offer confidential, affordable, high-quality family planning care to people struggling financially or who are otherwise vulnerable and in need of care. If our family planning programs are not protected, people will receive lower quality health care, or none at all, and our health outcomes will plummet.

Services FHCCP Provides Through Title X Funding

  • Well-woman exams
  • Pap tests
  • STI screening/treatment
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Pregnancy diagnosis and counseling
  • Lab tests
  • FDA approved methods of contraceptives
  • Contraceptive management
  • Clinical breast exams
  • Client counseling and education
  • Cervical cytology
  • Emergency contraception
  • Basic infertility services
  • HPV vaccinations
  • Reproductive life planning
  • Preconception health services
  • Risk counseling
  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Hepatitis C screening
  • Intimate partner violence screening
  • Screening, Brief intervention & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
  • Family involvement counseling for adolescents
  • Coercion education/counseling for adolescents
  • PReP/HIV prevention, counseling and risk reduction, 
  •  Human trafficking/coercion education and identification
  • Opioid use disorder screening, referral and intervention
  • Health insurance enrollment

Benefits by the Numbers: How Title X Has Helped Central Pennsylvanians

  • Over 8,000 HIV tests performed in 2018
  • Over 7,900 breast exams performed in 2018
  • Over 3,900 Pap tests performed in 2018
  • Over 59,000 family planning visits in 2018
  • 23 percent of FHCCP clients are uninsured, meaning they may not have access to these services without Title X funding
  • 20 out of 24 counties FHCCP serves qualify as either partially or fully medically underserved communities, and may not otherwise have access to these services

The Risks Central Pennsylvania Faces with Changes to Title X

  • Reduced positive health outcomes and increased burden on the medical community
  • Loss of legal and ethical requirements to offer nondirective pregnancy options counseling
  • Loss of care options for already underserved regions
  • Decreased confidentiality for minors regarding their healthcare choices
  • Potential for increase in cases of STIs and unplanned pregnancies
  • Healthcare influenced by political agendas, not patients’ best interests