About Title X

Essential Access Health operates the largest and most diverse Title X (ten) system in the nation that supports the delivery of quality family planning and related services to more than 1,000,000 low-income Californians 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 access to more than 4,000,000 individuals nationwide, who may otherwise lack access to essential 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 and faith and community-based organizations throughout California to deliver core family planning and preventive services, and link individuals to the health care and information they need to support their reproductive goals and optimal health outcomes. 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
  • City and County health departments
  • Hospitals
  • Universities
  • Urban Indian health centers
  • Stand-alone family planning/women’s health centers

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:

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