Essential Access Health Applauds Court's Action to Uphold New Title X Regulations

Release Date
Contact Information

Decision allows Title X provider network to continue restoring the integrity of nation’s family planning program

Statement by Julie Rabinovitz, President + CEO, Essential Access Health

“Today, the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio issued its decision in Ohio v. Becerra, a challenge to the 2021 Title X rule watched closely by Essential Access Health and other members of the Title X provider network.

“We applaud the court for taking action to uphold the recent regulatory changes that seek to restore the integrity of our federal family planning program and advance health access and equity across the country.

“Essential Access was ready to begin rebuilding California’s family planning network when the 2021 Title X rule took effect in November. Today, our network includes over 400 service sites that collectively are projected to serve 500,000 patients in 2022. Our work to expand access to essential and high quality, client-centered Title X services across California is made possible, in part, by the 2021 Title X rule and we are pleased to see it upheld under judicial review.”

Background

Essential Access Health has been a Title X grantee since the program was established over 50 years ago. Today, Essential Access leads California’s statewide Title X provider network – the largest Title X system in the nation.

Prior to the release of the Trump-era Title X regulations in 2019, California’s Title X network served nearly 1,000,000 patients at 366 clinic sites across 38 California counties. After the Trump rules took effect, the number of patients in California served by Title X dropped by 80%. See the impact in our Title X network comparison maps.

Essential Access filed a legal challenge to halt implementation of the Trump administration’s harmful and unlawful Title X regulations. Learn more about the legal challenge.