Bills would restore over $7.4M for family planning services

Bills that would restore more than $7.4 million for family planning services that was cut from the fiscal year 2011 appropriations act have been introduced.

A3914 was introduced by Democrats Connie Wagner, Linda Stender and Reed Gusciora, and A4092 was introduced by Democrats Annette Quijano, Joseph Cryan, and Valerie Vainieri Huttle.

They would appropriate $7.453 million for Family Planning Services grants through the Department of Health and Senior Services.

The sponsors stated that the cutting of these funds resulted in both the closing of facilities that provide family planning services and a reduction in the availability of such services. The bills specified that the monies cannot be used for abortion procedures.

In addition, the bills require the Department of Human Services to submit an amendment to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to expand Medicaid coverage for family planning services to persons with incomes up to 200% of the federal poverty level.

Expansion of Medicaid family planning services would generate a 90% federal reimbursement and would make the provision of these services cost-effective from a State financial perspective, according to the bill language.

S2899 is the companion Senate bill. Bills would restore over $7.4M for family planning services