NH’s Family Planning Program contracts are back before the Executive Board

CONCORD- On Wednesday, July 27, contracts for family planning providers will be considered at the New Hampshire Executive Council meeting, including for three reproductive health providers whose contracts were most recently rejected in January – Planned Parenthood of Northern New England; Health Center for Equality; and Lovering Health Center. Agenda items for all family planning program contracts are #15a-#15g.

The Executive Council voted 4 to 1 against contracts for reproductive healthcare providers in September 2021, December 2021 and January 2022. Due to the votes, these providers received no state funding for their services. family planning, which include STI screening and treatment, cancer screening and birth control, since June 30, 2021. In 2020-2021, PPNNE, Equality Health Center and Lovering Health Center provided care to approximately 75% of patients of the New Hampshire Family Planning Program.

Statement from Kayla Montgomery, Vice President of Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England:

“The fact is that with Roe vs. Wade reversed, the landscape of reproductive health care in this country is chaotic. Ensuring access to essential preventive health care – including birth control, cancer screening, and STI screening and treatment – ​​for our most vulnerable populations has never been more important. For more than a year, access to affordable, quality family planning care has been at risk for thousands of Granite Staters due to three consecutive votes to withdraw funding for reproductive health providers. There has never been a more critical time for the Executive Board to approve contracts with all of New Hampshire’s family planning providers.

CONTEXT:

January 2022 votes – The 24-month family planning contracts:

  • Agenda #13A – A total of $2,055,498 in Family Planning Program funding that helps pay for programs such as sliding scale fees for patients seeking birth control, STD screening and treatment, and cancer screenings . This funding has always been part of the State of New Hampshire’s obligation to support better public health outcomes for low-income people:
    • A total of $1,020,329 in contracts were rejected for the three reproductive health providers:
      • Equality Health Center (Concorde) – $558,395
      • Love Health Center (Greenland) – $336,934
      • Northern New England Planned Parenthood (Claremont, Manchester, Keene, Derry and Exeter) – $125,000

New Hampshire State Budget:

  • There is no provision in HB2 that requires physical separation from abortion services in order to receive family planning funding. The language is clear: here is Senator Bradley’s introduction and explanation (the video starts when he starts) of this new layout, which he introduced in this amendment) within the Conference Committee. In the video, Senator Bradley says this is a ‘trust but verify’ moment that there is no mixing of funds and that it was his intention that the funds continue to flow. go to reproductive health facilities, without delay. Prior to his amendment, Rep. Jess Edwards introduced an amendment which would have required a physical and financial separation to receive state funds. However, Representative Edwards’ amendment did not pass.
  • In September, the Confirmation from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services what family planning providers have been saying all along: that no New Hampshire family planning dollars go to abortion care. DHHS has stated unequivocally, repeatedly, that the financial reviews, which took place over the summer, clearly showed that no family planning funds were used for abortion. This fact has been repeated over and over again, most recently on July 22 by DHHS officials at a tax committee meeting.

Impact of the NH family planning program:

  • New Hampshire has the lowest unwanted pregnancies and teenage pregnancyy countrywide rates and some of the best maternal health outcomes; New Hampshire’s Family Planning Program is part of the network of care that supports these positive steps.
  • During an October Executive Council discussion on family planning funding, Councilwoman Cinde Warmington and DHHS Commissioner Shibinette highlighted the fragility of New Hampshire’s positive maternal and fetal health outcomes and the impact that funding votes might have. Full transcript here.
  • Since the last vote on family planning, Roe V.Wade was overturned, quickly bringing chaos and confusion to family planning clinics across this country.
  • PPNNE made the decision close the health center in Claremont, NH in June.

Northern New England Family Planning Care Delivery:

  • In fiscal year 2022, more than 11,000 granite staters relied on PPNNE’s New Hampshire Health Centers for affordable, high-quality health care.
  • In November, PPNNE has been named a Guardian of Excellence Award 2021® winner by Ganey Press, the national leader in healthcare consumer and workforce engagement. Press Ganey recognizes PPNNE as one of the top performing healthcare organizations, reaching 95e percentile or higher for patient experience performance, across more than 20,000 medical practices.

Previous votes on PPNNE contracts:

  • On three occasions in recent years (2011 and 2015 and 2021), care at local Planned Parenthood health centers has been jeopardized when contracts have been blocked by the Executive Council and state funding has been cut. been interrupted.
  • Then Councilor Chris Sununu was the deciding vote for NPP funding in 2015.
  • Contracts were consistently approved between June 2016 and September 2021, with bipartisan support.

Statements from Governor Sununu on the 2021 funding vote:

  • Governor Chris Sununu – press release: “I brought forward these contracts because I support them, as I do every year as governor, because they protect women’s health and it is the right thing to do. Today’s action to vote against funding like cancer screenings and other health services for women is incredibly disappointing and I disagree with that.

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Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund (PPNHAF) is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization formed as the political and advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in New Hampshire. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activities, including voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy.

Planned Kinship of Northern New England (PPNNE) is the largest reproductive and sexual healthcare provider in the state of New Hampshire. We serve New Hampshire residents through 5 health centers in Derry, Exeter, Keene, Manchester and White River Junction, VT. In the last fiscal year, we saw over 11,000 patients at these sites. PPNNE has been named a Guardian of Excellence Award 2021® winner by Ganey Press, the national leader in health care consumer and workforce engagement. Press Ganey recognizes PPNNE as one of the top performing healthcare organizations, reaching 95e percentile or higher for patient experience performance, across more than 20,000 medical practices.

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