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HHS Rule Change for Title X Family Planning Puts Patients First, Lifts Harmful Restrictions – Sedona.Biz

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Arizona Family Health PartnershipPhoenix A-Z (October 18, 2021) – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final rule for the Title X program, rolling back Trump-era restrictions and putting patients first, marking a critical step toward restoring access to Title X-funded care for thousands of people across Arizona.

“We are deeply grateful that the Biden administration ended the 2019 Title X program rule, which crippled family planning providers and seriously threatened access to care across our state,” Brenda said. Bre” Thomas, CEO of the Arizona Family. Health Partnership, Arizona’s designated Title X agency. “So many patients served at our clinics across the state rely on us as their only 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 network of providers and patients that the federal government is fully committed to supporting our important work to provide people with the preventative health care they need.

The Title X final rule will be effective Nov. 8, and new Title X grants will begin April 1, 2022. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is expected to issue a funding opportunity notice for new Title X grants later this month.

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

Among the changes brought about by the new rule:

• Elimination of the onerous obligation established under the previous rule for providers to maintain strict physical and financial separation between abortion-related activities and Title X project activities.

• Reaffirm teen privacy protections, including that “Title X projects may not require parental or guardian consent for the provision of services to minors, and no Title X project staff may inform a parent or guardian before or after a minor has requested and/or received Title X Family Planning Services.”

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

• Enable a broader range of clinical service providers to direct 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 national Title X federal grant program, established in 1970 and administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Population Affairs (OPA), prioritizes low-income individuals and families and is implemented through grants to more than 3,500 clinical sites. , including public health departments and not-for-profit health centers.

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

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

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