GREENLAND -- While Planned Parenthood announced it withdrew from the Title X program this Monday, the Joan G. Lovering Health Center has also done so, and will lose $111,000 in annual federal funding as a result. The center is already seeing a palpable impact, including potential elimination of its sliding fee scale, its director says.
The New Hampshire state budget included $3.2 million over two years in supplemental family planning funds as contingency funding to be used as long as the gag rule remains in effect. Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed the budget, citing an effort by Democrats to raise taxes. As long as the budget deadlock continues, health centers will not receive those funds.
″The only thing standing in the way of this supplemental funding and delivering a fiscally responsible budget are the legislators in Concord who have insisted on raising taxes -- something Gov. Sununu and the people of New Hampshire will never support,” said Ben Vihstadt, spokesman for the governor’s office. “Gov. Sununu remains ready to work with legislators in delivering a budget that works for New Hampshire.”
Leach said because of the budget standoff, there isn’t anything coming in federally, or from the state. If and when the supplemental funding gets approved, she said, it’s expected to fill less than half of the $111,000 deficit.