- Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Federal health officials have awarded $1 million to the state of North Dakota to provide family planning services.

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says the North Dakota Department of Health will receive the funds to provide assistance statewide.

The federal funds are meant to be used to assist women and men understand and take responsibility for their reproductive health through education, counseling and medical services.

Heitkamp says it is “crucial” that individuals have access to family planning services and resources that they need. She adds that “supporting health care programs that are committed to serving North Dakota’s families positively impacts our communities.”

The funds have been authorized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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