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County Council funds family planning clinics through 2009

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Former “lifeboat” programs maintained with $1.2 million appropriation

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The doors of family planning clinics at the County’s public health centers will be able to stay open through the end of the year, thanks to a supplemental appropriation for public health programs today from the Metropolitan King County Council.

“With the help of federal and state funding, we are rescuing another imperiled program from the budget ‘lifeboat,’ said Councilmember Larry Gossett, chair of the Council’s Budget and Fiscal Management Committee. “The need for these services is clear: in 2007, these family planning clinics served 17,200 clients.”

“Nine of our ten King County public health centers include this family planning component—offering services including birth control, pregnancy testing, reproductive health services, and testing and treatment for sexually-transmitted diseases,” said Council Chair Dow Constantine. “These basic reproductive health services must be kept available for all King County residents, especially the poor, the disenfranchised, and those with nowhere else to turn.”

“Thousands of King County residents rely on these services every year,” said Councilmember Julia Patterson. “The County plays a strong role in providing quality family planning to our most vulnerable residents to ensure the overall health of our communities. I am pleased that this appropriation will allow us to offer these important services for the remainder of the year.”

The supplemental appropriation of nearly $1.2 million made today is backed by federal and state family planning revenues that were higher than the level anticipated by the 2009 budget. The appropriation provides full-year funding for yet another “lifeboat” program—the County’s 2009 budget adopted last November funded family planning services for only the first nine months of the year.

The ordinance includes a requirement related to the H1N1 swine flu pandemic, calling for the County Executive to provide a written update by August 17 detailing the known costs relating to preparation for a fall outbreak of swine flu, the funds currently available in the Public Health budget to pay these costs, and information on possible federal funding for these purposes.

Read more about this legislation on the King C ounty C ouncil’s LEGISEAR C H system at http://kingcounty.legistar.com/Legislation.aspx and type in “2009-0384”



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