Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Are There Enough Providers for Texas’ Women’s Health Program?

The Texas Women’s Health Program (WHP) is no stranger to controversy. When state legislators voted to exclude Planned Parenthood from WHP, Washington cut off federal funds for the program, and many wondered whether the program could survive with no federal money and fewer affiliated clinics. Some legislators questioned whether this new WHP would have enough providers to care for the nearly 50,000 women who previously sought care at Planned Parenthood clinics.

In response to this concern, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) conducted a survey reporting most areas in Texas will have enough providers to care for WHP patients. The HHSC survey did reveal two areas where providers may be scarce: Corsicana and San Angelo. For an in-depth look at the layout of WHP providers in your area and the rest of the state, check out The Texas Tribune’s interactive map.

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