Menendez, Booker Announce $4.2 Million to Provide Low-Income NJans with Access to Family Planning, Preventative Care Services

Menendez, Booker Announce $4.2 Million to Provide Low-Income NJans with Access to Family Planning, Preventative Care Services


U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced the awarding of a $4,243,000 Title X grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Family Planning to the New Jersey Family Planning League (NJFPL) to provide comprehensive reproductive, sexual health and preventative care services to low-income New Jersey women, teens and men.

“Title X federal funding has been invaluable in providing critical healthcare services to New Jerseyans who otherwise could not afford to see a doctor,” said Sen. Menendez.  “We must stand with the millions of women across New Jersey and the nation demanding respect by removing—and preventing any new—barriers that deny them access to healthcare.  We must resist Republicans in Congress who plan to zero-out funding for women’s health.  When states like New Jersey decide to cut funding for women’s health, the federal government must step in to ensure everyone has access to the essential services they need to stay healthy.”

“While we continue to advocate for women’s equality and justice following this weekend’s historic marches, I welcome this federal investment in the health of some of our most vulnerable New Jersyans,” said Sen. Booker.  “Now more than ever, it is critical we fight to protect equal access to affordable healthcare to women, teens and men.  By funding dynamic health programs like Title X, we are expanding affordable reproductive care and education for those who need it most.”

Sens. Menendez and Booker joined more than 30 Senate Democrats last month in a letter to then-President-elect Donald Trump urging him to oppose any efforts by Republicans to restrict federal funding from supporting Title X family planning centers.

This Title X grant award will support NJPFL’s ten provider agencies, comprised of 49 health centers in all 21 New Jersey counties.

For more than 40 years, Title X family planning clinics have played a critical role in ensuring access to a broad range of family planning and related preventive health services for millions of low-income or uninsured individuals and others. Title X is the only federal grant program dedicated solely to providing individuals with comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services.

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