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City Officials Collaborate to Produce Study on the Negative Impacts of Reduced Access to Reproductive Health Care

[COLUMBUS – OH]  Dismantling Title X will have negative repercussions that reach far beyond the health of women, children, and families, according to City of Columbus Auditor Megan Kilgore and Councilmember Elizabeth Brown. Its impact can strain and destabilize the economy.

In a jointly authored study, Kilgore and Brown have identified economic benefits of broad access to reproductive healthcare services. The study also highlights the reduction in available services that would result from limiting Title X funding to health centers in Ohio.

“This is Economics 101,” said Kilgore. “Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio serves 59,000 Title X patients. If the Trump-Pence administration takes away access to health care for these 59,000 Ohioans, we will see immediate, harmful repercussions to the financial viability of these individuals, as well as to Ohio’s labor-driven economy.” 

The Title X program provides access to contraceptive care and reproductive health care for low‐income, uninsured, and underinsured individuals. Planned Parenthood is the sole Title X provider in nine Ohio counties: Athens, Lucas, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Richland, Summit, Trumbull, and Wayne. 

The White House recently announced changes to the Title X Family Planning program. The changes would block certain health centers from receiving funding to provide screenings for cervical and breast cancer, screenings and treatment for STIs, testing and links to care for HIV/AIDS, infertility services, family planning and contraception services as well as screening for high blood pressure, anemia, and diabetes.

“Women and families who rely on these vital health services often do not have any other options outside of a local Planned Parenthood,“ said Brown. “Maintaining Title X funding for these centers not only improves access to care and health outcomes; it helps families achieve economic self-sufficiency.”

In Ohio, Planned Parenthood serves 63% of patients who receive care under Title X funding, while the Ohio Department of Health receives and allocates funding for the additional services provided.

Click here to view the report.