Title X Update
Planned Parenthood has been the sole direct grantee of Title X funding in Utah since the 1980’s and has operated as the family planning provider for low-income women, men and young people in Utah for nearly 50 years. The State of Utah does not fund a family planning program—but rather has relied on Planned Parenthood to provide reproductive health care as an integral part of the safety net for low-income and uninsured families across the state.
As you know, Utah no longer receives Title X funding. Planned Parenthood has been using reserves, generously donated by our supporters, since June to fill in for the loss of funding and continue to provide no-cost and low-cost preventive health care to Utahns at our health centers across the state. In the current politically toxic environment, Planned Parenthood is in it for the long-game. We are committed to continuing to provide the quality health care that Utahns have relied on for nearly 50 years.
However, without $2 million in Title X funding, we must change our business model. Starting next week, Planned Parenthood will be asking for a $10 minimum co-pay from our patients. We will work with our patients and continue to offer services on a sliding fee schedule. With no other comparable game in town, we continue in our dedication to our mission of providing affordable health care to the folks who have nowhere else to go.
We have filed a lawsuit along with dozens of other health care providers hoping to un-do the new rules through the courts and be able to rejoin the Title X program when that happens—but it could take years. Until then, we need to call on the state to step in and fill the large hole left in the safety net in Utah and fund family planning through state money.
Did you hear? The Democrats in the Utah State Legislature are stepping up. On Monday (thanks to the Ambassadors who joined us!), they announced a package of pro-family bills, including funding for family planning and contraceptive access. We need every Ambassador to contact your state legislator and ask them to support the bill Representative Dailey-Provost announced last week to fill the gap left with no federal Title X funding in Utah.