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Planned Parenthood: Health Care Value During Tough Times?

January 26, 2010

NEW YORK - Record high unemployment and a lack of health insurance may leave people with limited options for health care. Planned Parenthood wants people to know they provide affordable and accessible preventive care, such as routine Pap tests and cervical and breast cancer screening, along with testicular screenings for men.

Erica Sackin, media content and outreach manager with Planned Parenthood of New York City, says there's no need to take risks with your family planning care, or if you think you may have a sexually-transmitted disease. You can get medical help, even if you are flat broke.

"We are a safety net provider, which means that we don't turn anybody away, regardless of whether or not they can afford our services. We definitely see a lot of people who in some cases would have nowhere else to go. "

Sackin says Planned Parenthood of New York City sees 45,000 clients per year. All of their services are provided on a sliding scale depending on the person's income.

She says her organization offers a unique service they call the entitlement program that aims to find health coverage for uninsured New Yorkers.

"We do everything we can to help them figure out what forms of public insurance they may qualify for, and then help them enroll in those."

Paula Gianino, who is president and CEO with Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, says that even if a health care bill passes Congress, people will still need to monitor their health care costs because some of the benefits won't go into effect right away.

"That includes the health care exchanges that will be created to provide benefits and coverage for folks who are right now uninsured; those provisions will not go into effect for several years."

The change in the political landscape brought about by the Republican win in the Massachusetts Senate race may have brought the reform bill to a halt for the time being, and some say it's time to start over and work on a scaled-down version.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NY