Dr. Richard Pan Issues Letter to HHS Secretary Opposing Proposed Title X Rule Changes

DR. PAN: “Four million people rely on Title X to access essential, basic reproductive care including cancer screening, birth control, and sexually transmitted infection testing.”

August 3, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region, sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar expressing opposition to proposed changes that would undermine access to care for millions of Americans that rely on Title X to access essential, basic reproductive care including cancer screenings, birth control, and sexually transmitted infection testing.

In the letter, Dr. Richard Pan wrote:

“…The proposed rule is an unwarranted intrusion of government into the physician patient relationship and will reduce access to health care for over a million people served by Title X in my state.  I have devoted my career to improve public health for children, women, and families, and the proposed rule reverses gains made in reducing abortion rates, expanding access to health care, and improving health outcomes.

…California is one of 13 states where over forty percent of women receiving publicly-funded contraception are Planned Parenthood patients.  By prohibiting Planned Parenthood from participating in Title X, and placing other onerous burdens on the program, the rule will put millions of lives at risk and needlessly jeopardize a program that has proven effective. Abortion rates in California and the United States are at record lows because of increased access to reproductive health services, including services provided by Planned Parenthood.”

The full text of the letter can be viewed here.

Dr. Richard Pan is a parent, small business owner, former UC Davis educator and pediatrician who represents Sacramento, West Sacramento, Elk Grove and unincorporated areas of Sacramento County in the state legislature and is the Chair of the Senate Committee on Public Employment and Retirement. As a legislator, Dr. Pan continues to practice medicine at WellSpace Health Oak Park Community Clinic, pursuing his passion for working with families to build healthier communities.


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