Through our health centers across the U.S., inclusive, medically accurate sex education programs, and tireless efforts to defend people’s right to access quality, affordable health care, Planned Parenthood is working to create the healthiest generation ever — both at home in the United States and around the globe.
Planned Parenthood gets funding from a few different places, like:
Government reimbursements and grants
Private donations and bequests
Here’s a more in-depth breakdown of Planned Parenthood’s funding:
Government health services reimbursements and grants
Like other doctors offices, clinics, and hospitals, Planned Parenthood health centers are reimbursed for many services we provide to patients who rely on public programs for health care. These programs include Medicaid and Title X.
Most federal and state money comes from Medicaid — government-backed insurance for people with low-incomes. Patients can use Medicaid for preventative services (like birth control, cancer screenings, and STD testing and treatment) at no cost when they visit Planned Parenthood health centers. And then we’re paid for the cost of the visit, just like any other health care provider who participates in the Medicaid program. Read more about Medicaid and Planned Parenthood.
Title X is the nation’s family planning program. Title X pays for essential, preventive health care services like well-woman exams, cancer screenings, birth control, and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (including HIV). Today, more than 4 million Americans rely on affordable family planning services through Title X — and about 1.5 million of them get their care at Planned Parenthood health centers. Read more about Title X and Planned Parenthood.
Private insurance and out-of-pocket health services revenue
For many patients, their private insurance coverage pays for services at Planned Parenthood health centers. Others may not use any insurance at all, and instead pay out-of-pocket for their health care. Many Planned Parenthood health centers have a sliding-scale fees system, based on the patient’s income, to help make care more affordable. Since we’re a non-profit, the revenue from these visits goes directly to fund health centers and programs, so we can continue providing care and education to our patients.
Private donations and grants
Private donations are critical for nonprofit organizations, including Planned Parenthood. Private donations fund grants and programs that help patients pay for services that they can’t afford.
Everyone deserves access to quality health care, regardless of your ability to pay. Private donations allow many Planned Parenthood health centers to use a sliding- scale fee system, based on patients’ incomes, to make the cost of care more affordable.
Read more in our Annual Report.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) works to support Planned Parenthood health centers across the country, educate the public about reproductive and sexual health, and advocate for policy to expand access to health care.
PPFA has 56 independent local affiliates that operate more than 600 health centers throughout the U.S; each provides critical health care services and sex education programs. In addition, PPFA partners with more than 100 organizations across Africa and Latin America to advance the health and rights of young people, women, and families.
PPFA and its affiliates are nonprofit health care organizations. This means that all revenue goes right back into providing more services, and helping to ensure patients have access to health care.
Here’s the breakdown of where our revenue went in 2015 (the latest year data is available):
Medical services (63%)
The essential health care services Planned Parenthood provides, like: STD testing and treatment, birth control, well-woman exams, cancer screening and prevention, abortion, hormone therapy, infertility services, and general health care.
Non-medical program services (18%)
Services and programs that help people stay healthy and further the Planned Parenthood mission, like: sex education, community engagement, and public policy work.
Management and general support (13%)
There are some restrictions about what certain types of funding can pay for. For example, no federal money can be used to pay for abortion services except in rare cases of rape, incest, or if the pregnant person’s life is in danger. And many grants that Planned Parenthood receives only fund specific, designated programs, like a sex education curriculum or health service.
“Defunding” has become a popular term, but it isn’t an accurate way to describe the threats facing Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is not “funded” by the federal government. There is no line item in the federal budget for Planned Parenthood, and we don’t get a blank check from the government. Instead, we get grants and reimbursements for specific programs.
So when people talk about “defunding,” what they mean is blocking patients who rely on public health care programs from going to Planned Parenthood health centers for care. If the current defunding bills are passed, people using programs like Medicaid could no longer get services like birth control, cancer screenings, annual exams, and STD testing and treatment at Planned Parenthood. Many would have nowhere else to turn for the health care they need.
This would have a devastating impact on our country’s most vulnerable communities, who already face barriers to getting health care. At least 60% of Planned Parenthood patients rely on public health programs like Medicaid and Title X for their preventive and primary care. And without Planned Parenthood, there aren’t enough health care providers to deliver the millions of medical services we do each year. Health centers that accept Medicaid and provide ob-gyn health care — like Planned Parenthood — are in particularly short supply.
The real goal of “defunding” Planned Parenthood is to shut down Planned Parenthood health centers across the country. As a nonprofit and the nation’s most trusted provider of reproductive care, the health of our patients is our number one priority. We’re doing everything we can to protect access to health care and prevent health centers from closing. Read more about what would happen if Planned Parenthood was “defunded.”
We’re proud to provide abortion services. Planned Parenthood health centers also offer a ton of other essential health care too, including:
STD and HIV testing and treatment
Screening for reproductive cancers (like breast, cervical, testicular, and prostate cancers)
Pap tests and well woman exams
PrEP and PEP (medicines to help prevent HIV)
Pregnancy services and prenatal care
Transgender health services, including hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
Vasectomy and other sterilization services
...and so much more.
Along with nurses and doctors, many Planned Parenthood health centers have counselors, social workers, and health educators who can give you information about sexual health parenting skills — like breastfeeding and nutrition — and health insurance and government programs that help you and your family stay healthy.
We have a number of digital tools to help you stay healthy and informed, like Spot On, our period and birth control tracker, and Chat/Text, our free hotline staffed by sex educators. And depending on the state you live in, you may even be able to access certain health care services through our app, Planned Parenthood Direct. Read about all of Planned Parenthood’s health care services.
Planned Parenthood is also the nation’s largest provider of sex education. Whether online, in schools, or in the community, our sex educators are dedicated to providing non-judgmental, medically accurate information for adults, teens, and parents. Read more about sex education.
Only a small number of Planned Parenthood health centers offer the full range of prenatal care services. However, our health centers can refer patients to another doctor or nurse in the area who offers prenatal services. Your nearest Planned Parenthood health center can connect you with the care you need.
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