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Here’s why.

Planned Parenthood of Michigan has been forced out of Title X, the federal family planning program.

Title X is the federal government’s family planning program. For more than 50 years, Planned Parenthood has been a provider in the Title X program. That meant we were able to offer low- or no-cost birth control and reproductive care to tens of thousands of Michiganders each year.

You know the sliding fee scale? We were able to offer patients without private or public insurance the option of paying based on their ability to pay because of Title X funding.

PPMI cared for more than 42,000 patients in 2018 using Title X funds. That’s nearly 70 percent of all Title X patients in the state — despite being just one of 30 Title X providers. In some of our most populous counties — and the city of Detroit — PPMI was the ONLY Title X provider.

How will this affect me?

The sliding fee scale as you know has changed — that’s because it was Title X funding and participating in the program that allowed us to cover the costs of everyone’s care.

If you have questions about how much your visit will cost, please call the health center at 1-800-230-7526 (PLAN).

We will continue to do everything we can to make sure that everyone who needs it can access affordable reproductive care and birth control.

When will this affect me?

The sliding fee scale change took effect November 4, 2019.

Why is this happening?

The Trump administration changed the rules of the Title X program specifically to force Planned Parenthood out.

What can I do?

Talk to your elected officials. The state legislature can fund family planning to ensure that everyone has access to affordable birth control and reproductive care. They need to hear what their inaction is costing people like you.

Sign up for Medicaid. If you’re eligible, sign up for coverage through the state’s expanded Medicaid insurance program. You can use Medicaid — and many private insurances — at Planned Parenthood.

Register to vote. Our elected officials make decisions every day about what happens in our lives and what kind of health care we’ll be able to access. Make sure your representatives are making choices that make it easier for you to live a healthy, happy life.

Donate.  Every gift, no matter the size, helps us to offer affordable services to others.