Office of the Vermont Attorney General

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Thank you to the hundreds of Vermonters who visited this webpage to learn more and make your voices heard. The comment period has now closed, but you can view and search all the comments made by clicking here.

Now we have to wait and see how HHS will respond to our comments.

Action Alert: Help us protect access to women's health care!

 

Vermonters told HHS:

  • We want the federal government to keep funding evidence-based healthcare
  • We want the same Title X rules that have worked well for Vermonters for the last 30 years
  • The new rules will hurt Vermonters’ access to healthcare
  • And other messages, too!

What was it all about:

The United States Department of Health and Human Services is trying to defund healthcare organizations, such as Planned Parenthood, that help people who have low incomes.  It is writing new rules for distributing money from Title X, the only nationwide program for affordable birth control and reproductive healthcare.

Title X clinics never use Title X funding for any abortion services.

 

Find out more….

What is Title X and how does it provide access to reproductive healthcare services?
Title X has provided federal funding to ensure equal access to healthcare since 1970. This includes affordable birth control and other reproductive healthcare for people who cannot afford healthcare services on their own. 8,719 Vermont residents currently have access to healthcare as a result of Title X funding. The basic primary and preventive healthcare services funded by Title X include:

  • wellness exams;
  • lifesaving cervical and breast cancer screenings;
  • birth control, contraception education, and testing for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV.

Providers of Title X healthcare include Planned Parenthood.

How would these new rules limit access to healthcare?
HHS’s new rules condition funding by:

  • Requiring doctors to provide incomplete and misleading information to pregnant patients;
  • Promoting ‘natural family planning methods’ over more effective forms of birth control;
  • Decreasing doctor-patient confidentiality for teens and vulnerable adults;
  • Imposing dangerous barriers on the constitutional right to access abortion;
  • Increasing general costs of healthcare for patients and doctors.
Who would these new rules affect most?
The proposed new HHS rules would disproportionately impact:

  • people living in rural areas;
  • poor people;
  • women;
  • people of color;
  • teens;
  • victims of domestic and sexual violence;
  • people without adequate health insurance;
  • and other marginalized groups.

Thank you for speaking up for equal access to healthcare!