About Title X

Essential Access Health operates the largest Title X (ten) system in the nation that provides nearly one million women, men and teens in California with sexual and reproductive health care each year. Title X of the Public Health Service Act was established in 1970 with broad bi-partisan support. As the nation’s only dedicated source of federal funding for family planning services, Title X provides high quality family planning and other related sexual and reproductive health services to low-income and uninsured individuals who may otherwise lack access to health care. The Title X program is administered by the national Office of Population Affairs (OPA).

Title X in California

OPA provides Title X funding to Essential Access Health to re-grant to health care providers throughout California to support the delivery of quality sexual and reproductive health care. In addition, Essential Access Health provides technical assistance to help providers to meet the requirements for Title X funded health centers and to successfully navigate the challenges and opportunities created by a changing health care environment.

Title X funded health centers must provide an array of confidential preventive health services including contraceptive services, pregnancy testing, pelvic exams, screening for breast and cervical cancer, screening for STDs including HIV/AIDS, basic infertility services, health education and referrals for other health and social services. Along with the delivery of medical services, Title X funds support critical activities that are not reimbursable under Medi-Cal or commercial insurance including staff salaries, infrastructure improvements, individual patient education or community outreach.

Essential Access Health’s diverse Title X provider network includes:

  • Federally qualified health centers and look-alikes
  • County health departments
  • Hospitals
  • Universities
  • Stand alone family planning providers
  • Planned Parenthood affiliates

Six in 10 women who obtain health care from a family planning provider consider it to be their only or usual source of health care. 

Learn more about Title X in California and the important role the program plays in the health care delivery system: