Thursday, March 22, 2012

Women’s Health Program to Continue

When Texas legislators voted to exclude Planned Parenthood from the state’s Women’s Health Program (WHP), the federal government declined to renew Texas’ waiver to operate WHP, which provides well-woman exams, contraception, and basic health screenings to more than 100,000 low-income Texas women. Ninety percent of the program’s costs are paid for with federal dollars. The loss of federal funds had put survival of the program in jeopardy. But Texas promised to continue the WHP without the federal government’s help.

Gov. Rick Perry has since promised to fully fund the WHP and make up for the $30 million shortfall. Women will continue to receive services, says the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). All who were eligible for the WHP before will remain eligible, and most clinics and doctors will continue to provide services through the WHP. HHSC created a toll-free number — (800) 925-9126 — for women who relied on Planned Parenthood for their health care and family planning, and now need to find an alternative provider.

Read More: Texans can rely on continued services of the Women's Health Program - Tom Suehs, executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commission

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Very interesting that he can now find an extra $30 million in the budget (per year by the way) to fund something that the federal government is funding for all the other states. But he could not find any extra money to fund Texas public education, something that the state is suppose to fund. What do you want to bet he uses the 'rainy day' fund! Don't get me wrong I think the Women's Health Program is vital to our state but I also think that those federal dollars belong here and that decisions of where and to whom women go to get their health care needs to be strictly a decision made by each individual woman and not by any government official. The Texas legislature needs to keep their hands and their laws out of our bodies!

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