In the summer of 2019, we made the difficult decision to turn away Title X Family Planning due to the federal government’s gag rule that would prevent our network from providing comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care services.
PHS was a direct grantee of the Title X Family Planning Services program, the only federal funding source dedicated solely to family planning, for nearly 40 years. Each year this program serves approximately four million people across the United States.
PHS’ Title X program supported a network of six health centers with a total of 13 service sites, and served nearly 41,000 New Yorkers each year. This network provided high-quality and comprehensive services for low-income or uninsured community members, regardless of their ability to pay.
67% of people served by Title X funding are living in poverty, and 23% lack health insurance.
Title X funded health centers provide crucial family planning and preventive health services including contraception and preconception counseling and services, breast and cervical cancer screening, pregnancy testing and counseling, and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections including HIV.
Title X is funded by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services.