Congress to cut Title X Healthcare Funding for Maine

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--Family planning services in the Presque Isle and across the country are already underfunded, and now these critical services are at even greater risk as Congress votes on Wednesday. In Presque Isle in 2016, there were 426 visits for family planning services, but inadequate funding means many can't access the care they need.

Congress is planning to cut Title X funding for family planning services in a budget deal Wednesday. Many in Presque Isle and across Maine won’t have access to the care they need. In fact, 33% of reproductive-age women in Maine need publicly-supported services, but at current funding levels, less than 10% were able to access the care they need. Funding for reproductive health is always a contentious topic, and what happens before this Friday’s deadline will have a big impact on women and families in the area.

More than 21,000 people used Title X-funded care in Maine in 2015. Of those patients, 40% had incomes at or below the federal poverty level.
Family planning services at Maine’s Title X-funded health centers helped prevent 4,800 unintended pregnancies in 2014

Nationwide, more than 20 million women rely on publicly funded care for their family planning and reproductive health care needs Title X clinical services include pregnancy testing; contraceptive counseling and services; pelvic exams; screening for cervical and breast cancer; screening for high blood pressure, anemia, and diabetes; screening for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV/AIDS; infertility services; health education; and referrals for other health and social services