The Office of Family Planning (OFP) is charged by the California Legislature “to make available to citizens of the State who are of childbearing age comprehensive medical knowledge, assistance, and services relating to the planning of families”. The purpose of family planning is to provide women and men a means by which they decide for themselves the number, timing, and spacing of their children.
The OFP administers the Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment (Family PACT) program. Family PACT is California’s innovative approach to provide comprehensive family planning services to eligible low income (under 200% federal poverty level) men and women. Family PACT serves 1.8 million income eligible men and women of childbearing age through a network of 2,200 public and private providers. Services include comprehensive education, assistance, and services relating to family planning. Family PACT Overview (PDF)
Notice to Family Planning, Access, Care and Treatment (Family PACT) Providers and Partners
Section 1557 is the nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 1557 has been in effect since 2010 and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (age, or disability in certain health programs or activities with the intent of eliminating barriers to access to health care. Section 1557 builds on the following long-standing Federal civil rights laws: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (Age Act). On May 13, 2016, the United States Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights issued its final rule implementing Section 1557. The rule applies to any health program or activity, any part of which receives federal financial assistance, an entity established under Title I of the ACA that administers a health program or activity, and HHS. The rule, in part, includes new requirements for covered entities to provide language assistance to limited English proficient individuals. To learn more about the application of the final rule implementing Section 1557 to you and your entity, and the requirements under the rule, DHCS encourages you to reach out to your representative professional organizations, or visit HHS’s Section 1557 webpage to learn more, find sample materials, and review other resources available at: http://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/section-1557/index.html.
ZIKA and Family Planning
The consequences of Zika are reduced by educating and counselling clients about transmission of the virus and the risks it poses to reproductive health. Family PACT/Medi-Cal providers should engage clients, through counseling at every encounter, about the risks of the Zika virus, especially with respect to travel, before planning a pregnancy and to provide access to contraceptives, including long acting reversible contraceptives, for women who wish to avoid or delay a pregnancy.
For more information, please visit the California Department of Public Health Zika page.
DHCS has cancelled the family planning stakeholder meetings for the remainder of the year. A survey was released in early August soliciting stakeholder feedback to help identify opportunities for improvement and adoption of best practices for future family planning stakeholder meetings. Future meeting announcements will be posted on the Office of Family Planning Stakeholder website.
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