Limiting Access to Health Care

Limiting Access to Health Care

headacheRep. Capuano (D-MA) writes:

The House considered H.J. Res. 43, Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to compliance with title X requirements by project recipients in selecting sub-recipients. Title X is a federal grant program that helps community health centers and other medical facilities provide family planning and preventive health services to low income individuals and their families. This rule required states to make Title X funding available to ALL qualified health care providers, including Planned Parenthood. Title X money can be used for cancer screenings, contraceptive coverage, pregnancy testing and other services. By nullifying this rule, states can withhold Title X money from any provider that also offers abortion services. So far, 14 states have already tried to do this. It’s important to note that federal funds, including Title X monies, are already prohibited from being used for abortion services. Without this rule, some health centers in low income communities will have diminished resources. In many cases, they are the most accessible and affordable source of health care for their patients. In many communities, they are the ONLY provider. This affects both urban and rural Americans. 

Rep. Reed voted AYE.

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