Next Steps for America’s Family Planning Program: Leveraging the Potential of Medicaid and Title X in an Evolving Health Care System

Source: Rachel Benson Gold, Adam Sonfield, Cory L. Richards and Jennifer J. Frost, Guttmacher Institute, February 2009

Reinvigorating the national family planning program–in terms of financing, infrastructure and leadership–would be an important contribution to the broader health care reform effort. These steps would also help consolidate family planning in the public mind as the basic health care that women have long known it to be. By acknowledging its importance alongside that of other essential preventive care, the authors and advocates of reform can help end an era in which family planning has too often been disparaged as a source of political controversy, rather than valued as a health care necessity.

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