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Free or Low-Cost Birth Control

In 1970, Congress enacted Title X (ten) of the Public Health Service Act, the only federal program - then and now - devoted solely to the nation-wide provision of family planning services.

The Title X program, administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Population Affairs, awards grants to approximately 85 delegate agencies in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin to make contraceptive supplies and services available to persons who want and need them but are unable to afford them without government assistance.

Since 1970 the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health, Family Planning Program has been the sole Federal Title X grantee in West Virginia. The Program also receives funding from Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant, Title XIX/Medicaid and State Appropriations.

The WV Family Planning Program contracts with approximately 162 local county health departments, primary care and rural health centers, college and university student health clinics, hospitals, and private medical practices to deliver clinical family planning services to eligible individuals.


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