Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP)
We recommend restoring funding for the TPPP to $110 million—the level it started at in FY 2010. TPPP is currently funded at $101 million for FY 2016.

Ø  It is estimated that teen childbearing costs taxpayers at least $9.4 billion annually.

Ø  In the US, roughly one in four girls will become pregnant before the age of 20.

Ø  30% of teen girls who have dropped out of high school cite pregnancy/parenthood as a key reason.

Ø  Fewer than 2% of those who have a child before age 18 attain a college degree by age 30.

However, there is good news to report –since TPPP and one other evidence-based program began in 2010, the U.S. teen birth rate has declined 29%, a drop twice as large as in any other four-year period.

Ø  Investing in teen and unplanned pregnancy prevention reduces public spending and abortion while improving economic competitiveness and the health and wellbeing of families.

Ø  The estimated annual savings due to the substantial decline in the teen birth is $12 billion.

Ø  TPPP meets teens where they are with the information they need to succeed.  The program ensures communities have the flexibility to choose an approach that reflects their needs and values.

Ø  Evidence-based models include those that focus on abstinence alone, abstinence and contraception, parent-child communication and/or youth development – programs just need to prove they work!

Ø  TPPP is a sound investment and represents just .06% of the total LHHS appropriations for FY 2016.

Ø  Further, evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs enjoy broad public approval: 83% of adults overall (92% of Democrats and 75% of Republicans) support TPPP.

Title X Family Planning Program
We recommend that the Title X Family Planning Program be funded at $327 million for FY 2017.

Ø  For more than 40 years, Title X has played a critical role in preventing unplanned pregnancy by offering low-income patients high-quality contraceptive services, preventive screenings, and access to health education.

Ø  The vast majority (92%) of patients served by Title X funding are poor or of lower income. 69% percent of those served by Title X have incomes below the 100th percentile of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). An additional 22% of Title X patients have incomes between 100% FPL and 250% FPL. A significant number of these women would qualify for Medicaid if they were to become pregnant.

Ø  With Medicaid already financing 48% of all births in the U.S. Title X family planning programs have significant positive fiscal implications.

Ø  One year of contraception through Title X cost an average of $239 whereas one Medicaid-funded birth (including prenatal care, delivery, postpartum care, and infant care for just one year) costs $12,770.