Trump cuts funding period for family planning groups

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Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Trump administration is shortening the funding period for family planning groups that offer STD testing and birth control, like Planned Parenthood, to receive Title X government grants from three years to seven months, reports The Hill.

Why it matters: Despite the fact that federal funding is prohibited from being used to fund such services, conservatives and GOP lawmakers want to further tighten the rules. "The change suggests the administration might be planning to wrap up a proposed regulation that would revise the requirements for receiving Title X funding, a move that some critics say is aimed at excluding Planned Parenthood," the Hill notes.

The details: Grants are used to fund services such as STD testing, affordable breast cancer screenings and gynecological care to low-income patients. Under the prior rule, organizations could reapply after three years — now, funds will reportedly run through March 2019.

What they're saying: Clare Coleman, president and CEO of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, told The Hill, "Shortened and inconsistent program grant cycles that force Title X entities to semi-annually compete for funding causes undue administrative burden, detracting from health care providers’ daily work of delivering high-quality preventive health care in communities across the country."