What is Title X?
Title X of the Public Health Service Act was established in 1970 and is the nation’s only dedicated source of federal funding for family planning services, According to Essential Access Health, Title X provides access to more than 4,000,000 individuals nationwide, who may otherwise lack access to essential health care. The Title X program is administered by the national Office of Population Affairs (OPA).
Title X Proposed Regulation Posted in Federal Register
The Trump Administration has proposed changes to the current Title X regulation. The proposed regulation, if finalized as drafted, would make a variety of significant changes to the Title X program. Significant proposed changes include:
- Prohibiting Title X-funded family planning programs from referring their patients for abortions (except in the case of rape or incest)
- Requiring strict physical, financial, and other separations (e.g., phone numbers, websites) between Title X activities and any abortion-related operations operated by a Title X grantee or subrecipient.
Title X Domestic Gag Rule
The Rule was officially published in the Federal Register on June 1. The official public comment period begins June 1 and will last 60 days. CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates is coordinating a response to the proposed regulation. We are working with our state partners at Essential Access Health and PPAC, as well as our federal partners at NACHC. Supporting materials, including more comprehensive talking points, as well as a template comment letter, will be available to health centers in the coming weeks. In the meantime, Advocates developed the below high-level talking points and FAQ.
TALKING POINTS & FAQ TAKE ACTION BEFORE JULY 31