Title X funding increases access and quality of reproductive healthcare
Publicly funded family planning clinics serve more than seven million women in the United States, meeting 41% of country's need for family planning. But while publicly funded clinics are a key source of care, many states struggle to provide access to high quality reproductive health services in a cost-effective manner.
A new report from the UCSF Bixby Center provides key insights from Family PACT—California’s publicly funded family planning program—that could prove useful to other states nationwide. Researchers explore the impact of Title X funding among Family PACT providers on access to and quality of reproductive health services for low-income populations. They found that Title X funding in California provides resources that enhance clinic efficiency and services, including:
- Expanded clinic hours.
- Increased outreach to vulnerable and hard-to-reach groups.
- Improved language and translation services.
- Enhanced technologies, such as electronic health records and online interactions with clients.
- Increased clinical training opportunities for providers.
- Greater onsite provision of highly effective contraceptive methods, including intrauterine devices and hormonal implants.
These enhancements provide better access to services and contribute to a higher quality of care. Although more people in the U.S. are gaining access to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, public funding for reproductive health care services will remain a critical safety net and help maintain high-quality healthcare services.