On June 26, the Department of Health and Human Services announced to the governor and Executive Council that, due to some technical housekeeping, they had to reopen six contracts because they were not fully executed. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England’s (PPNNE’s) contract was among those reopened. Councilor Gatsas (R- Manchester), chose to separate PPNNE’s contract from the rest. The final vote was a bipartisan 4-1, with Gatsas in opposition to PPNNE’s contract.
Updated statement from Sabrina Dunlap, Vice President of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and Planned Parenthood NH Action Fund:
“Today the Executive Council made clear that funding for essential reproductive health care should not be a political issue by approving Planned Parenthood of Northern New England’s contracts with a bipartisan vote. We are pleased that a bipartisan majority of the Executive Council voted to ensure that thousands of New Hampshire women, men, and young people can continue to access affordable preventative health care, including contraception, well-woman exams, and cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood health centers across the state. We are disappointed that Councilor Gatsas chose to put politics over health care for thousands by trying to rollback the strong commitment to health care access that this body has shown in recent years."
Orignal release below:
Executive Council Votes Unanimously to Continue Funding
Planned Parenthood Health Centers in New Hampshire
Funding will allow more than 12,000 Granite Staters to continue accessing essential reproductive health care
Concord, NH – With a unanimous 5-0 bipartisan vote, the New Hampshire Executive Council approved a contract on Wednesday that will allow Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) health centers in New Hampshire to continue to provide low or no-cost services, including birth control, STD testing and treatment, well-person exams, and cancer screenings.
Councilors Mike Cryans, (D-Hanover), Andru Volinksy (D-Concord), Russell Prescott (R-Kingston), Ted Gatsas (R-Manchester) and Debora Pignatelli (D-Nashua) voted today to preserve access for the more than 12,000 patients who rely on the care provided at Planned Parenthood’s five health centers in New Hampshire.
Ten family planning contracts were on the Executive Council agenda today, including PPNNE’s $548,000 two-year contract (FY 2020-2021), effective July 1, 2019. With 68 percent of New Hampshire patients earning incomes at or below the 150% Federal Poverty Level (or $24,820/annually), PPNNE is a critical component of the state’s health care safety net. Thanks in large part to the work of PPNNE, unintended pregnancy and abortion rates have declined significantly in New Hampshire – saving the state millions in taxpayer dollars.
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) is the largest provider of reproductive and sexual health care for women, men and young people across the State of New Hampshire. We serve New Hampshire residents through 6 health centers in Claremont, Derry, Exeter, Keene, Manchester and White River Junction, VT. Last year we saw nearly 14,000 patients at these sites.
Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund (PPNHAF) is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in New Hampshire. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy. The Action Fund makes independent expenditures on behalf of or in opposition to targeted candidates for public office. Follow us on Twitter. PPNHAF maintains a separate, segregated political committee and fund to make direct campaign contributions to endorsed candidates (the PAC)