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Texas Women’s Health Program Funded. For Now.

Texas Women’s Health Program Funded. For Now.

Low income women in Texas caught a bit of a break as state health officials announced the Women’s Health Program will remain funded through November 1.

Not only that, but Billy Milwee, the state’s Medicaid director, promised Texans that by November 1 the state would roll out a new Texas Women’s Health Program that would be totally funded by the state. The move would put Texas as an outlier among states as the battle over health care reform and the relationship between federal and state government intensifies.

The current program which provides low cost cancer screens and family planning services lost federal funding after Republicans in the state passed regulations designed to defund Planned Parenthood, one of the largest WHP recipients in the state.

The new law prohibits any WHP recipient or their affiliates from receiving funding if they perform abortions. Milwee anticipates implementation of the law will mean at least 3 percent of the state’s WHP providers will close and countless numbers of Texans will need to find new providers.

If Texas does manage to find a way to fully fund a public health program for low income women and their families that is also comprehensive and without federal dollars then the entire country should pay attention because that would truly be a public policy miracle.

The good news is for now the health care dollars and facilities remain open. The bad news is the same administration that brought us forced transvaginal ultrasounds is now, allegedly, creating their own version of a comprehensive woman’s health program.

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2:25PM PST on Feb 16, 2013

thank you.

7:20PM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

Thank you.

7:20PM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

Thank you.

9:51PM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

If Mexico wants it, they can have Texas, for my part. I do apologize to the outnumbered logical Texans, who have very little choice.

2:59PM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

As a native Texan, I find our present Governor and his culture-warrior cronies in the statehouse reprehensible. This crew bears watching with suspicion; they have the integrity of pick-pockets.

12:01PM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

Thanks

6:33AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

Even the 1% can make a mistake from time to time.

5:57AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

This is good news for now until after the election is over then they will cut the poor out again.

2:56AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

Thanks for the article.

8:15PM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

forget about reading books that teach you history, art, or culture, lets read about which atress as a boob job, which actor is sleeping with who and how many women, and how to please your man/woman! lets be clueless to the fact that slavery is stil alive and well in this world, that the government lies to us, the the rich wants us stupid so that we wont question why they need or deserve all that money. if people woke up out of their zombiefied world, and realized "HEY! if we took the money from the rich, most of whom didnt actually do anything worthwhile to become that rich in the first place, they just you know, had people buy their crap while exploiting people in 3rd world countries, looked pretty in whatever movies they starred in or just that their rich parent gave them money, and spread it out evenly, we wouldnt have people on the streets..." yeah...thats what the reality is, if we didnt let people become rich and made the people who would make that much money give it back in taxes and the government gave it to people who made less so they could feed their families or keep the roof over their heads, we wouldnt have people straving in the streets. but no, my idea is too extreme, too unfair to those who worked to get where they are (but seriously, why the hell does someone need a million dollars to survive?)! its communism! its unamerican! its just wrong! fine. then we will continue having people who can blow money on a private jet while others are eating garbage out of t

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