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Readout of DASPA Visits Title X Family Planning Grantee in Rhode Island

July 7, 2022—Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs (DAS) and Director of HHS Office of Population Affairs and HHS Office of Adolescent Health Jessica Swafford Marcella visited Warwick, Rhode Island to meet with staff of the Thundermist Health Center (THC) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH). THC is a Title X family planning program service site and part of the RIDOH's Title X Family Planning Services project. In addition to touring the clinic and speaking with THC leadership, DAS Marcella attended a community meeting with Rhode Island Title X Network participants and partner organizations to discuss the impact of the recent Supreme Court decision on their ability to continue to provide reproductive healthcare. 


Readout of DASPA Visits Title X Family Planning Grantees in Boston

—Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs (DAS) and Director of the HHS Office of Population Affairs and HHS Office of Adolescent Health Jessica Swafford Marcella visited Boston to meet with the Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Marylou Sudders, Commissioner Margret Cooke, several staff of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), and Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD). Both MDPH and ABCD are Title X family planning program grantees. MDPH is a state agency that operates a Title X service network consisting of 81 clinics run by 16 organizations in at least 36 high-priority communities in seven regions across the state of Massachusetts. ABCD is a community action agency that serves low-income populations in Greater Boston as well as Central, North, South, and Western Massachusetts. During the visit MDPH and ABCD program leadership spoke to DAS Marcella about accessible reproductive health services in historically underserved communities and the work the Commonwealth is doing to protect access to reproductive health. 


HHS Launches Website for Reproductive Health Care Information

—Reproductive health care is an essential part of health and well-being. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is committed to providing accurate and up-to-date information about access to and coverage of reproductive health care. HHS launched Know Your Rights: Reproductive Health Care to provide this information and resources on access to and insurance coverage of reproductive health care.


Readout of DASPA Visits Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs in New York

June 15, 2022—Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs (DAS) and Director of the HHS Office of Population Affairs and HHS Office of Adolescent Health Jessica Swafford Marcella visited New York City to meet with the staff of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY) and the Fund for Public Health in New York. Both PPGNY and the Fund for Public Health in New York are HHS-funded Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program grantees. PPGNY program leadership emphasized to Marcella the importance of expanding access to high-quality programs to improve outcomes for adolescents. PPGNY implements two TPP grant programs, Project STIQ (Supporting Teens in Queens to Promote Sexual Health) and Project SHINE.


Readout of DASPA Visits Family Planning Clinic in Texas

June 13, 2022—Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs and Director of the Offices of Population Affairs and Adolescent Health Jessica Swafford Marcella visited Houston, Texas to meet with the staff of Every Body Texas, a Title X family planning grantee, and one of their Title X providers, Legacy Community Health. During the visit, Marcella spoke with the Every Body Texas leadership about the need for reproductive health services in underserved communities and the impact of the Texas SB 8 law. Marcella invited participants to recommend specific actions that HHS could take to improve equity in and access to family planning services.


Celebrating National Adolescent Health Month

May 4, 2022—Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs and Director of the Office of Adolescent Health Jessica Swafford Marcella announced the renaming of OPA's May observance as National Adolescent Health Month (NAHM). Read about why the observance was renamed, the process OPA used to gather feedback, and how OPA will celebrate NAHM in the HHS blog post.


Statements by HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Rachel Levine, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs Jessica Marcella on the Inaugural National Adolescent Health Month

May 3, 2022—To start the month of May, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Rachel Levine, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs Jessica Marcella released statements to mark the first-ever National Adolescent Health Month (NAHM). This month-long observance will address the following weekly themes: 1) empower youth with sexual and reproductive health information and services, 2) support mental health and well-being, 3) encourage physical health and healthy decision-making, and 4) sustain equitable, accessible, and youth-friendly services

Read the statements on NAHM in the full HHS press release and get more information and resources for NAHM from OPA.


HHS Announces $35 Million for Telehealth in the Title X Family Planning Program

November 23, 2021—The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the availability of $35 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to enhance and expand the telehealth infrastructure and capacity of Title X family planning providers. Title X is the only federal grant program dedicated solely to providing individuals with comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services in communities across the United States. Read about the ARP funding in the full HHS press release.


HHS Announces $256 Million to Expand Access to Equitable and Affordable Title X Family Planning Services

October 27, 2021—The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 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. Title X is the only federal grant program dedicated solely to providing individuals with comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services in communities across the United States. Read about funding to expand Title X services in the full HHS press release.


HHS Issues Final Regulation Aimed at Ensuring Access to Equitable, Affordable, Client-Centered, Quality Family Planning Services

October 4, 2021—Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule to strengthen the Title X family planning program, fulfilling the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to restore access to equitable, affordable, client-centered, quality family planning services. The final rule, “Ensuring Access to Equitable, Affordable, Client-Centered, Quality Family Planning Services” realigns the nation’s family planning program with nationally recognized standards of care, reinforces the program’s emphasis on quality, equity, and dignity for all individuals who seek Title X services, and modernizes the more than 50-year old program to better reflect the current healthcare system. This new rule replaces the 2019 Title X Rule, reversing the Trump administration’s changes to the program. Read about the final rule in the full HHS press release.


2020 Family Planning Annual Report

September 20, 2021—Today, the HHS Office of Population Affairs (OPA) released its 2020 Family Planning Annual Report (FPAR). The Title X family planning program is the only federal program dedicated solely to supporting the delivery of family planning and related preventive healthcare. Annual submission of the FPAR is required of all Title X services grantees. The FPAR provides grantee-level data on the demographic and social characteristics of Title X clients, clients’ use of family planning and related preventive health services, staffing, and revenue. FPAR data have multiple uses including monitoring performance and compliance with statutory requirements, fulfilling federal accountability and performance reporting requirements, and guiding strategic and financial planning. OPA also uses FPAR data to estimate the impact of Title X on key reproductive health outcomes.

The FPAR presents the national-, regional-, and state-level findings for the calendar-year reporting period and trends for selected measures. The Title X program experienced a significant decline in the number of clients served in 2020. The findings from the 2019 FPAR showed a significant drop in the number of clients served in 2019 following implementation of the 2019 final rule. The 2020 FPAR data continue to show the same downward trend with a significant decline in the number of clients served in 2020. The total number of clients served dropped to 1.5 million in 2020 – down from 3.9 million in 2018 and 3.1 million in 2019. This graphic illustrates the downward trend in the number of clients served in the Title X Network from 2015 to 2020.

Additionally, based on analysis of FPAR data, it is estimated that the 2019 Title X Final Rule accounted for 58 percent of the decrease in Title X clients (901,583 clients) and the COVID-19 pandemic accounted for 42 percent (or 657,340 clients) of the decrease reported in 2020.

Read the full 2020 Family Planning Annual Report.


Funding to Support Increased Need for Family Planning Services as a Result of TX SB8

September 20, 2021—The HHS Office of Population Affairs (OPA) announced two funding actions to address the expected increased demand for emergency contraception and other Title X family planning services as a result of Texas Law SB8. SB8, which took effect on September 1, 2021, prohibits a physician from performing or inducing an abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected.

In preparation for this anticipated demand for family planning services in Texas, and given Every Body Texas’ experience providing Title X family planning services across the state, OPA is granting a single-source supplemental grant award in October to Every Body Texas to enable the grantee to expand provision of emergency contraception and other family planning services to clients across the state through their existing Title X network.

The action in Texas is just one of many needs that drives an increased demand for family planning services that may exceed the current capacity of an impacted Title X provider network. OPA announced funds available specifically to support public and private nonprofit entities that are experiencing an increase in demand for family planning services to enable them to expand provision of emergency contraception and other family planning services to meet the increased demand both within and outside of the state. See the funding opportunity forecast for more information.


Fact Sheet: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Ensuring Access to Equitable, Affordable, Client-Centered, Quality Family Planning Services

May 18, 2021The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed a new rule to revise the Title X family planning program regulations. The comment period for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), entitled “Ensuring access to equitable, affordable, client-centered, quality family planning services” closed on May 17, 2021. All comments on the proposed rule received by the deadline are under review.


Office of Population Affairs Statement on Proposed Revision of Title X Regulations

March 18, 2021—On January 28, 2021, President Biden issued a “Memorandum on Protecting Women’s Health at Home and Abroad,” directing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to review the 2019 Title X Final Rule and “consider, as soon as practicable, whether to suspend, revise, or rescind, or publish for notice and comment proposed rules suspending, revising, or rescinding, those regulations, consistent with applicable law, including the Administrative Procedure Act.”1 HHS conducted an extensive review and consideration of the 2019 Title X Final Rule (84 Fed. Reg. 7714) pursuant to this Presidential memorandum. The memorandum specifically directed HHS to ensure that undue restrictions are not put on the use of federal funds or on women’s access to medical information.

After reviewing the 2019 rule, HHS plans to propose revised regulations substantively similar to those issued in 2000 (65 Fed. Reg. 41270), under which the program operated successfully for years, with a few definitional updates that account for minor operational changes over the past 20 years. HHS is working on promulgating a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), and it expects to have this NPRM published in the Federal Register no later than April 15, 2021. HHS will review and carefully consider all comments submitted in response to this NPRM and plans to have any Title X Final Rule in place by early fall and effective in time for the Fiscal Year 2022 funding announcement, which is expected to be issued in December 2021.

1Memorandum on Protecting Women’s Health at Home and Abroad, The White House (Jan. 28, 2021), available at https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/28/memorandum-on-protecting-womens-health-at-home-and-abroad/.