What it means to defund Planned Parenthood


The GOP is hell bent on “defunding” Planned Parenthood, but most people don’t actually know what that means. No federal money is donated to or designated for PP. The federal money PP gets is from medicaid and title X reimbursement.
A low income patient comes in -> they get whatever treatment -> PP files a claim through medicaid or title X like they would with an insurance company -> PP is reimbursed for services provided.

One big thing to note, the reimbursement does not cover the full cost of services. This is the big reason PP is so important. Because of the philanthropy side of it, they can take care of medicaid and title X patients. The donations, private donations, can cover what the reimbursement fails to cover. [Side note: that is also why it is good for people who have private insurance to use PP. They will reimburse in full.] Other community healthcare clinics cannot afford to take on the number of medicaid and title X patients that PP covers because they do not have the same donation support.

I give you a series of tweets on the subject.


Sources in tweets: One, two, three

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Pence and the HIV Outbreak

Mike Pence was Governor of Indiana when the state had its worst HIV outbreak in its history. What could have led to the outbreak you ask? Well that have to be Pence’s moves to cut public health funding to places like Planned Parenthood and his reluctance to allow needle exchanges.

During his first year as governor the only Planned Parenthood location in Scott County, Indiana closed. That health center also happened to be the only place in the county that offered HIV testing. So, the 24,000 residents were out of luck when it came to testing.

On top of that, the county also had an opioid problem. As we all learned in grade school, sharing needles is a way to contract HIV. Even though the outbreak was realized in January of 2015, it took 4 months before Pence would agree to needle exchanges to reduce the damage.

A note on why the reluctance to allow needle exchanges is dangerous and uninformed:

“People think that if you give someone a syringe, it means they’re going to go out and inject drugs, and if don’t give them syringes, they won’t inject drugs,” Robert Childs, executive director of the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, told HuffPost in 2015.

“But the thing is that if you don’t give them syringes, they share them, and then people will start getting HIV and viral hepatitis C.” [X]

Some more reading on the outbreak -> here, here, and here