September 17, 2021
(Manchester, NH) – US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today addressed a letter to US Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH- 01) at the Ministry of Health. and Social Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra calling on HHS to provide additional grants directly to New Hampshire family planning providers who were recently funded by the New Hampshire Executive Council and are not receiving program funds Title X.
On Wednesday, the delegation slammed the Executive Council after voting to terminate several contracts for family planning organizations, which effectively fund essential services for New Hampshire women’s health care providers, like Planned Parenthood.
Today the delegation wrote, “As a result of the actions of the Executive Board, many family planning providers are facing budget shortfalls that will impact the availability of health care for thousands of Granite Staters, mostly women, who depend on family planning providers. for life-saving health care, including breast cancer screening, cervical cancer screenings, contraception and other reproductive health services. Low-income and rural women will be disproportionately affected by the reckless decision of the Executive Board. We are deeply concerned about the gap in access to health care that will be inevitable without immediate federal support. “
they continued, “In light of the emerging situation in New Hampshire, we request that the HHS explore all avenues available to provide immediate support to affected family planning providers in our state. We appreciate the efforts of the HHS to repeal the harmful Title X gag rule and restore federal funding to family planning providers, in New Hampshire and across the country. However, family planning providers in New Hampshire need immediate assistance. Therefore, we call for additional funds to be made quickly and directly available to providers to fill the funding gap they face. “
The letter can be read in full here.
Wednesday’s Executive Council vote is particularly egregious as it follows years of the Trump administration’s attacks on women’s reproductive health, including President Trump’s implementation of the “Title X gag rule. Which excluded the majority of New Hampshire family planning providers from receiving federal grants. In June, Senator Shaheen sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra urging him to support New Hampshire family planning providers who will lose state funding under the bill. New Hampshire budget. This support is needed to help these providers close the funding gap until the Biden administration can complete its move to overturn the Trump administration rule.