Governor Cuomo Announces Support for Proposed Rule Changes to Federal Title X Program that Would Restore Program’s Mission to Provide Effective Reproductive Health Services to Underserved Populations
Proposed Rule Changes to Title X Program Would Ensure Family Planning Services are Patient-Centered, Equitable and Affordable
New York (STL.News) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced support for the proposed changes to the federal Title X Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, published on April 15, 2021. New York announced in September 2019 that rather than accept the previous administration’s federal funding conditioned on limiting the options of patients and medical professionals, New York would withdraw from the federal Title X program and continue supporting the state’s family planning program with State funding. These long awaited updates, which ensure that Title X services are patient-centered, equitable and affordable for the populations in greatest need of safety net family planning services, will soon allow New York to re-enter the program.
“The proposed changes to the Title X program signal a welcome change in federal policy since the last administration, which had made it its goal to turn back the clock and dismantle the progress that was achieved over decades,” Governor Cuomo said. “As always, New York will continue to be a beacon of progress and a leader in access to family planning services.