HHS Announces $256m to Expand Access to Title X Family Planning Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced the availability of up to $256 million in grant funding to support equitable, affordable, client-centered, and high-quality family planning services through the Title X family planning program. Recall, Title X is the only federal grant program dedicated solely to providing individuals with comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services in communities throughout the country.

Title X services are delivered through a diverse network of clinics including state and local health departments, federal qualified health centers, hospital-based sites, and other private nonprofit and community-based health centers. In California, eight local health departments have served as Title X subgrantees, delivering reproductive health services to residents at 46 sites in those jurisdictions. LHDs that are not direct subgrantees work closely with community-based Title X providers to ensure access to essential health services.

The announcement of available funding follows the issuance of a final rule by the Biden-Harris Administration that rolls back restrictions on patient referrals for certain reproductive health services put in place by the previous administration. The Biden-Harris Administration’s final rule is set to take effect on November 8.

Additional information on the funding is available here.