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, 2018 commencing a 60-day public comment period. CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates, in coordination with Essential Access Health and PPAC, as well as our federal partners at NACHC, submitted comments opposing changes to Title X and are currently waiting for public comment review to finish.


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