HHS rule change for Title X family planning prioritizes patients, lifts damaging restrictions – Sedona.Biz

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Arizona Family Health PartnershipPhoenix AZ (October 18, 2021) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final rule for the Title X program, overturning Trump-era restrictions and prioritizing patients, marking a critical step towards restoring access to Title X-funded care for thousands of people across Arizona.

“We are deeply grateful that the Biden administration ended the Title X program rule of 2019, which crippled family planning providers and seriously threatened access to care in our state,” Brenda “Bré said. “Thomas, CEO of the Arizona Family. Health Partnership, Arizona’s designated Title X agency. “So many of the patients served in our clinics across the state rely on us as their sole source of health care. We are seen as a place of safety and trust by those who need our care the most. Today’s Final Rule signals to our provider network and to our patients that the federal government is fully committed to supporting our important work to provide people with the preventative health care they need.

Title X final rule will take effect on November 8, and new Title X grants will begin on April 1, 2022. The US Department of Health and Human Services is expected to issue a notice of funding opportunity for new title grants. X later this year. month.

The 2021 Final Rule was drafted to ensure that predominantly low-income clients who depend on Title X services as their usual source of medical care have access to the same quality health care, including full medical information and referrals, than customers and higher income customers. with private insurance.

Among the changes brought by the new rule:

• Eliminate the binding requirement established under the previous rule for providers to maintain a strict physical and financial separation between abortion-related activities and Title X project activities.

• Reaffirming the protection of the confidentiality of adolescents, notably that “Title X projects cannot require the consent of parents or guardians for the provision of services to minors, and no member of the Title X project staff can inform a parent or guardian before or after a minor has requested and / or received Title X family planning services.

• Eliminate the requirement that Title X funded sites that do not offer a wide range of onsite methods provide a prescription to the client for their method of choice or referrals.

• Enable a wider range of clinical service providers to run Title X services and provide consultations for medical services.

In a typical year in Arizona, more than 30,000 people receive Title X-funded sexual and reproductive health services.

The nationwide Federal Title X grants program, established in 1970 and administered by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Population Affairs (OPA), prioritizes low-income individuals and families and is implemented through grants awarded to more than 3,500 clinical sites. , including public health services and not-for-profit health centers.

AFHP also owns and operates www.SEXfyi.org®offering comprehensive medical information on contraceptive methods.

For more information about Arizona Family Health Partnership, visit www.arizonafamilyhealth.org.


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