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Title X rally

Supporters of Planned Parenthood rally Thursday at the Capitol in opposition to the group's exclusion from Title X funding. Senators on Wednesday approved a budget that Planned Parenthood said threatens access to reproductive and preventative health care for 8,000 patients in the state.

GWYNETH ROBERTS, Journal Star

Twenty-eight thousand Nebraskans use Title X to receive critical family planning care and education to low-income women and men, including more than 12,000 who receive that care at federally qualified health centers.

It is unfortunate that this was ever taken up as part of the budget bill, as there are deep policy divides that deserve independent, thoughtful debate and review. I would like to thank the senators who fought so diligently to find a compromise on Title X.

We cannot underestimate how difficult their decisions were and how much hard work went on behind the scenes. While this may not be the optimal solution, we do know how hard senators worked to protect access to health care for vulnerable women and men.

The commitment to providing access to high quality, comprehensive, culturally appropriate health care for all of our patients remains the top priority for Nebraska’s health centers.

All who walk through our health center doors are welcome and will be cared for with compassion and respect. The community health centers of Nebraska will continue to provide health care homes for the underserved.

Amy Behnke, Omaha

CEO, Health Center Association of Nebraska

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