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Answers to Federal Lawmakers' Efforts to Hobble Title X:  New NHeLP Q&A Explains How Efforts to Weaken Title X Funding Could Affect Women

Recently the Trump administration rescinded a 2016 rule aimed at ensuring women are able to access federally funded programs dedicated to family planning services. 

In "Q&A: Recent Action Undermines Title X Program and Threatens Women's Health," Staff Attorney Candace Gibson and Senior Attorney Catherine McKee explain what Title X is and how the action of Congress and the Trump administration could affect women's access to vital health care services.

The authors note that "Title X is a critical source of support for family planning providers. To the extent that states are able to prevent certain family planning providers from receiving Title X funding, they will also reduce access to high quality reproductive health services for low-income individuals, including individuals enrolled in Medicaid."

Please share this information and the new paper with your networks and on social media.


From the Center for Health Policy at Brookings & USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics: The Effects of the Medicaid Per Capita Cap Included in the House-passed AHCA (Full Paper Attached)

This analysis is part of The Leonard D. Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy, which is a partnership between the Center for Health Policy at Brookings and the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics. This is a retrospective analysis of AHCA. It discusses the results of states in 2011 if AHCA was applied in 2004 and uses 2011 spending levels.  Click here to read the article, which provides 5 main conclusions.  Click here to download the full paper. 

Financing Family Planning Services: The Impact of Reducing or Eliminating Government Funding from Kaiser Family Foundation

The American Health Care Act recently passed by the House of Representatives includes a provision to ban federal Medicaid funding of Planned Parenthood. The Trump administration has also proposed reducing funding to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which funds the Title X family planning program and community health centers.Image result for kaiser family foundation logo

new brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation assesses the role of these programs in providing family planning care services to low-income women, as well as the potential impact of eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood. If Planned Parenthood is excluded as a Medicaid provider, community health centers may not have the capacity to meet additional demands that would be placed on them to provide family planning services, the brief finds.

Several states have enacted laws to block state funding to Planned Parenthood under the Title X program.  Reducing or eliminating funding would disproportionately impact low-income women, who are more than eight times as likely as higher income women to seek family planning services at a safety-net clinic.  Click here to read.  


Commonwealth Fund Article: Effects of ACA on Health Care Access

This study looks at two national data sets to determine if ACA improved health care access.  The study provides information about people's health care behavior before and after ACA and looks specifically at their "usual place of care" access.  Click here to read. 


Urgent Action Requested From NHeLP to Prevent Passage of AHCA

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Urgent Action Needed:

 Keep Up Pressure on Congress -- CBO Score Confirms AHCA Must Be Stopped

The release of yesterday's CBO report shows 23 million would lose health care coverage and more than $800 billion would be slashed from Medicaid. Please see our press statement about the score, and share it with your networks and on social media.

Memorial Day means a recess for Congress from May 29 to June 2, and we need your help to ensure that Congress does not approve legislation that would destroy Medicaid funding and repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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