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 1,000,000 low-income patients each year at over 360 health centers in 38 California counties.
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
Essential Access Health has been the leading Title X grantee in California since the program was established. 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 meet Title X requirements.
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.
Essential Access Health’s diverse Title X provider network includes:
- Federally qualified health centers
- City and County health departments
- University affiliates
- Urban Indian health centers
- Stand-alone family planning/women’s health centers
Title X Information + Resources
Information and resources for members of Essential Access Health’s Title X provider network can be found on our Title X Extranet (note: login required).
New Title X Regulations
On March 4, 2019, the Trump administration published new regulations for the Title X program. The regulations represent some of the most extreme policy shifts proposed in the history of the program, and if implemented, will delay access to essential health services for patients that rely on Title X for care. Essential Access Health filed a lawsuit to block the harmful and unlawful regulations from taking effect, and protect Title X’s mandate to ensure access to comprehensive family planning services for all. A federal judge in California issued a preliminary injunction to temporarily halt implementation of the new regulations statewide.