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Planned Parenthood Sues Texas Over Medicaid Exclusion
The provider claims the state is breaking federal law
DAILY News  November 23, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...Planned Parenthood has filed suit against the state of Texas over its decision to exclude the reproductive health provider from the Medicaid program...."

Texas Sends Final Notice to Kick Planned Parenthood Out of Medicaid
Planned Parenthood says: We'll see you in court
DAILY News  December 20, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...Texas officials have followed through with their months-long promise to boot Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid...."

Kicking Planned Parenthood Out of Medicaid Could be Illegal
Feds: Booting PP from Medicaid puts important health care at risk
DAILY News  October 28, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...The federal government is stepping into the state’s decision to end Medicaid enrollment for Planned Parenthood clinics...."

Judge Blocks Texas From Kicking Planned Parenthood Out of Medicaid
State determined to have provided "no evidence" of wrongdoing
DAILY News  February 21, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Austin-based U.S. Federal District Judge Sam Sparks blocked Texas health officials from kicking Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid on Tuesday, writing that the action would stand against federal law and cause irreparable injury to the 12,000 low-income Texas women who visit the reproductive health provider...."

After Cutting Medicaid, State Raids Planned Parenthood
Provider may seek legal recourse
DAILY News  October 23, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...Just three days after state officials cavalierly announced they would cut off Planned Parenthood from Medicaid enrollment, representatives of the inspector general’s office at the Health and Human Services Commission stormed affiliate clinics in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Brownsville unannounced, demanding thousands of documents...."

State Cuts Medicaid for Planned Parenthood
State claims "misconduct" in undercover, dubious sting videos
DAILY News  October 19, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...This morning, Governor Greg Abbott announced the state will end Medicaid enrollment for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers...."

State: Give Us That Medicaid Money We Said We Didn’t Want
Texas lost out on a boatload of money when it declined to expand Medicaid. Now it wants that cash.
News Story  May 25, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Texas health officials are asking the Trump administration to condone Texas' move to kick Planned Parenthood out of a Medicaid waiver program for low-income women, a decision that flew in the face of federal health law. Should they succeed, Texas could forge a national blueprint for other anti-choice states looking to expel the reproductive health network without any legal or monetary backlash. [inset-1-right]..."

Federal Judge (Temporarily) Blocks Texas From Denying Planned Parenthood Patients Medicaid
Medicaid removal will not take effect until at least Feb. 21
DAILY News  January 19, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Following a three-day hearing that concluded Thursday afternoon, U.S. Judge Sam Sparks granted a temporary injunction blocking Texas officials from removing Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid program until at least Feb..."

Obama Administration Extends Short-Term Medicaid Funds in Texas
Feds, state reach deal on 15-month extension to assist hospitals
DAILY News  May 2, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...The Obama administration has agreed to extend a short-term hospital Medicaid program that assists treating low-income, uninsured Texans, a victory for a state led by officials politically opposed to expanding Medicaid services for the state’s poor...."

Planned Parenthood Fights Texas in Court to Save Medicaid
Providers say Medicaid exclusion would be "devastating"
DAILY News  January 18, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Planned Parenthood affiliates are in court this week to halt state officials’ plans to boot the provider from Medicaid, as promised last month...."

Medicaid and the Lege: Throw 'Em in the Street?
'Dropping out of Medicaid' may not be so easy for Texas
News Story  December 10, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...In the fires of the fall election campaign, no single topic blazed hotter than health care, as Republicans stoked voter fury with talk of "death panels" and "Obamacare." Now, Texas Republicans are backing away from rhetoric about dumping Medicaid as a new state report finds that leaving it would cost the state far more to do far less...."

Medicaid Patients Face a Future Without Planned Parenthood
“I don’t know where I would go”
News Story  February 16, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...grew up in Texas foster care and transferred to a group home when she moved to Austin. The 20-year-old Medicaid recipient needed birth control, but as a rape survivor, was forced to undergo an "unemphatic" and "unhelpful" examination by an emergency room physician..."

Health and Human Services: Screw Medicaid – We Need Drug Testing!
News Story  December 14, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...Despite Gov. Rick Perry's declared opposition to Medicaid expansion, there is little doubt that the topic will be much-debated under the Dome in 2013..."

Will Medicaid Buy a Medical School?
Waiver program could have payoff of hundreds of millions
News Story  August 3, 2012, by Mike Kanin
"...Central Health will rely on funding partnerships – $250 million from Seton for a hospital facility, and as much as $30 million annually from UT, to name two – and a complicated federal program that was triggered the last time the Legislature came to town. The potential use of the program, known as the "Medicaid 1115 Waiver," presents what med school supporters are calling a perfect confluence of events...."

Planned Parenthood's Standoff to Save Medicaid Continues
Hearing concludes Thursday, with a ruling expected before the weekend
DAILY News  January 19, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...State witnesses failed to present any proof showing Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast violated the law or altered abortion procedures for fetal tissue research purposes during the second day of court hearings challenging Texas officials’ decision to cut off Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas, including Austin centers. While some witnesses offered by the state attempted to cast Planned Parenthood employees as unethical, based on anti-choice highly edited video, their personal histories of ideologically opposing Planned Parenthood and most abortion procedures called into question their objectivity and judgment as witnesses...."

Study: Less Contraception, More Medicaid Births After Planned Parenthood Ban
Where contraception access is strained, Medicaid births rise
DAILY News  February 3, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...When Texas legislators crafted the Women’s Health Program in 2005 their primary goal was to decrease staggering state costs associated with Medicaid births. The program, implemented in 2007, sought to provide basic family planning – including birth control – for low-income, uninsured women who weren’t eligible for those services under Medicaid unless they were pregnant...."

Texas Blocks Planned Parenthood from Medicaid
PP says: We'll see you in court
News Story  December 22, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...Texas officials have followed through with their months-long promise to kick Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid. More than a year after Gov..."

Troubles With Medicaid
Postmarks  September 11, 2006
"...Dear Editor, Having recently moved to Austin, I have had a hell of a time trying to find a doctor who accepts Medicaid. I called Seton hospital for a list, and there are two doctors on it who still accept it..."

Planned Parenthood Fights Texas In Court to Save Medicaid
Providers say Medicaid exclusion would be "devastating"
News Story  January 19, 2017, by Mary Tuma


Judge Blocks Texas From Kicking Planned Parenthood Out of Medicaid
State determined to have provided "no evidence" of wrongdoing
News Story  February 23, 2017, by Mary Tuma


Planned Parenthood Sues Texas Over Medicaid Exclusion
The provider claims the state is breaking federal law
News Story  November 25, 2015, by Mary Tuma


State Cuts Medicaid for Planned Parenthood
State claims "misconduct" in undercover, dubious sting videos
News Story  October 22, 2015, by Mary Tuma


Court to Texas: Follow Medicaid Rules or Lose Fed Money
State-funded WHP set to begin Jan. 1
News Story  December 28, 2012, by Jordan Smith


Road to Recovery
A private health care consultant has improved efficiency at the county's primary health care clinics. Looming Medicaid cuts protenda new crisis.
News Story  September 15, 2000, by Kevin Fullerton
"...Local government officials never seriously talked about abandoning the network of public clinics that deliver health care to around 40,000 Travis County patients -- most on Medicaid or lacking health insurance -- each year. But both the city and county, which jointly fund the clinic system, once made noises about cutting the clinic system loose from the city's administrative responsibility..."

Dickensian Texas
Budget boss warns ending Medicaid means patients on the street
DAILY News  November 24, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...If Texas goes ahead with the Tea Party plan to drop out of Medicaid, that will mean that Texans suffering from horrible, life-threatening diseases will be thrown out in the streets...."

Are Women Being Served?
Preliminary numbers say Texas WHP is doing fine
DAILY News  March 19, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Preliminary numbers from Texas' Health and Human Services Commission show that claims made in January for services provided under the new Texas Women's Health Program lag only slightly behind numbers for the same period in 2012, when the program was Medicaid-paid and included Planned Parenthood as the single largest provider of WHP services...."

Is the Women's Health Program Dead?
Feds won't agree to exclude PP
DAILY News  December 13, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...In a letter dated Dec. 12, the Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has denied Texas' bid to renew the successful Women's Health Program, citing the state's impermissible narrowing of the provider base to exclude from participation Planned Parenthood...."

Lege Lines
Refusing Medicaid, tax cuts abound, marijuana bill, and more
News Story  March 5, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Gov. Dan Patrick has compared Texas' refusal to accept Medicaid expansion to the Lone Star State's secession from Mexico..."

State Cannot Ban Planned Parenthood and Keep Federal Funds for Women's Health Program
State-funded WHP set to begin Jan. 1
DAILY News  December 22, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...A federal court in Waco Friday denied the state an injunction that would allow it to receive Medicaid dollars to fund the healthcare providers it believes should be a part of the Women's Health Program, and to deny funds to Planned Parenthood if it so chooses...."

Report: Thousands Fewer Women Served by Texas Women's Health Program
After excluding Planned Parenthood, fewer women in health program
DAILY News  March 25, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...A new report confirms what reproductive health advocates predicted when Texas officials decided to kick Planned Parenthood out of a life-saving, preventative Medicaid program: Far less women are being served...."

Accounting and the War on Women, Part 2
AG says Planned Parenthood defrauded Medicaid
DAILY News  July 24, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office this morning announced that it had secured a $1.4 million settlement from Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast after determining in a state-run investigation that the organization had defrauded Medicaid...."

Clergy Supports WHP
Leaders disappointed in Gov. Perry
DAILY News  March 22, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...A diverse group of 58 religious leaders today delivered an open letter to Gov. Rick Perry, expressing their disappointment in him for letting the Medicaid-waiver Women's Health Program come to an end..."

Women's Health Program Saves Money
But the war on women's health continues
DAILY News  August 23, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...A report by the Health and Human Services Commission released this week reveals that the Women's Health Program saved the state $20 million in state expenditures in 2009, and reduced unplanned, Medicaid-paid births by 6,721...."

Is The Interim Over Already?
Speaker Craddick hands out the interim committee appointments.
DAILY News  September 27, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...Gov. David Dewhurst has yet to make his picks, so it will be interesting to see whether he compliments or counters Craddick's choices with his appointees. The real highlight for Austin readers is that local Democrat Dawnna Dukes get two appointments on two groups – Medicaid, and Sporting Goods Sales Tax..."

GRIDLOCK'd
For their New Year’s resolutions, Stretch (Roth) and Spoon (Shakur) – two junkies who moonlight as jazz musicians when they aren’t copping, shooting up, or dragging OD’d friends to the...
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Film Review  January 31, 1997, by Russell Smith
"...So much for the easy part. Now comes the William Burroughs nightmare journey through a bureaucratic Inferno of interminable Medicaid approvals, lazy nitwit caseworkers, senseless regulations, and welfare offices that shift locations overnight like Saharan sand dunes..."

Newsgeist: 12/27/10
The spirit of the news
DAILY News  December 27, 2010, by Eric Pickhartz
"...The Newsgeist is back from a holiday hiatus, and full of stories on the East Coast blizzard, Medicaid, and the passing of Teena Marie. Follow the jump for more...."

State Agencies Asked for Savings
Speaker, Lt. Gov. looking to cut 2.5% from current general revenue budget
DAILY News  February 2, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...The letter was sent out on Friday, but was only released to the press this afternoon. Dewhurst and Straus do say that they will try to protect "funding for essential programs, including but not limited to the Foundation School Program, acute care Medicaid, CHIP and debt service for previously issued debt."..."

Justice Delayed?
A federal judge's decision on Medicaid angers GOP legislators
News Story  September 22, 2000, by Louis Dubose
"...Bush was caught off guard at a Cincinnati airport. From reporters, he learned that federal Judge William Wayne Justice had ruled that the state of Texas is out of compliance with a federal mandate to improve its delivery of Medicaid services -- the federal-/state-funded medical and dental program for the poor..."

Dr. Perry vs. Obamacare
Whatever Gov. Tough Guy says, Texas health care is about to get a federal upgrade
News Story  July 27, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Even after Gov. Rick Perry unilaterally declared that he would not expand Medicaid coverage, nor would he instruct the state Health and Human Services Commission to establish a state health insurance exchange, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act continues on its path to full implementation on Jan..."

Naked City
Austin public interest group figures out why a company making a profit on Medicaid got a sweetheart contract from the state.
News Story  March 2, 2001, by Louis Dubose
"...Was Medicaid the motive? One explanation for George W. Bush's lack of enthusiasm for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) last legislative session has to do with Medicaid..."

The Destruction of Texas Health Care
The GOP crusade against Planned Parenthood is devastating basic care for Texas women
News Story  February 3, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...And the already bleak landscape for women's health care in Texas is likely going to get even worse, unless state officials with the Health and Human Services Commission can successfully negotiate with the federal government's Centers for Medicare & Medic­aid Services to allow for the renewal of the successful Women's Health Program, a Medicaid-waiver program that provides women's health care services to clients who would not otherwise be eligible for Medicaid unless pregnant. In 2011, that program served more than 184,000 women in addition to the 215,442 unique clients served last year with the traditional family-planning budget..."

Point Austin: Fed Up Yet?
Republican politicians propose pulling Texas out of Medicaid
News Column  November 12, 2010, by Michael King
"...We got some strong early hints last weekend, as Gov. Rick Perry and house speaker wannabe Warren Chisum each fired shots across the bow of Medicaid, the joint federal-state program that – just for starters – provides health care to 3.6 million Texas children..."

Bad Medicine?
If Austin's Public Clinics Go Private, the Poor Could Suffer
News Story  November 22, 1996, by Louisa C. Brinsmade
"...All at the taxpayers' expense. Local taxpayers, that is. Linda is not on welfare and not on Medicaid, she says, but she also can't afford to pay for her own medical care..."

Paying Doctor
Federal Insurance Program Could Aid Texas' Youth
News Story  December 26, 1997, by Kevin Fullerton
"...But the difficulty she has accessing medical attention is a serious problem shared by 1.3 million minors in Texas. Many, like Cheryl, are teenagers of working parents, ineligible for Medicaid coverage but too expensive for their parents to insure..."

Jumping the Shark on Women's Health
For the sake of anti-abortion politics, the governor and the Legislature turned their backs on women's health care – with disastrous consequences. Is there any way to fix this mess?
News Story  January 18, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Last week, in his opening day address to the Lege, Perry reiterated his claim, and may designate passage of a "fetal pain bill" as a legislative emergency item – more urgent than public education, water planning, or addressing the $4.5 billion Medicaid shortfall. In 2011, Perry designated an ultrasound-before-abortion bill an emergency item, touching off a protracted legislative battle..."

The War on Women's Health
To attack Planned Parenthood, lawmakers undermine health care ... and promote more abortions
News Story  April 22, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...The rider took effect beginning with the 2006 funding cycle, and the consequences were immediate: That year alone, more than 41,000 fewer women were provided with reproductive health care funded by three main pots of federal money – Title V (the Maternal & Child Health Block Grant), Title XX (the Social Services Block Grant), and Title X; together, the three provide services for women not eligible for Medicaid. In the following year, more than 28,000 women lost services, according to Hagerty of the Women's Health and Family Planning Assoc­ia­tion of Texas, who regularly compiles statistics and crunches numbers provided by DSHS and the Health and Human Services Commission that pertain to women's health care...."

Capitol Chronicle
John Sharp would balance the budget by cutting Medicaid.
News Column  February 15, 2002, by Michael King
"...program in the 1999 Legislature, even as he was campaigning for president with a promise to "leave no child behind." But it is surprising that this approach to cost-cutting has garnered bipartisan support. Former Comptroller John Sharp, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, has proposed finding some of the $5 billion needed to balance the state's next budget in the children's Medicaid program, which benefits families even worse off economically than the kids enrolled in C.H.I.P.Whose Mistake? Sharp recently garnered the endorsement of the Texas Association of Business and Chambers of Commerce..."

It's a Wrap!
A Legislative Wrap-Up on the 77th Session
News Story  June 1, 2001, by Michael King
"...Other than redistricting, the single greatest sin of omission -- a fair, equitable and efficient tax structure -- is a longstanding Texas tradition, so it's no surprise the Lege didn't attempt to remedy that oversight. Instead, faced with declining revenues after a decade of economic expansion (and shortsighted tax cuts), the legislators agreed on a budget that increases spending and at least addresses the most dramatic needs identified as the session opened -- a Medicaid shortfall, public school employees' health insurance, the nursing home crisis, and state employees' pay -- although the amounts doled out for each are already acknowledged to be inadequate...."

The Have Nots
One Family's Plight
News Story  March 11, 1999, by Kevin Fullerton
"...The FQHC system is a godsend for poor people because they are never denied medical attention at a public clinic. But it can become a financial albatross for local government if the cost of subsidizing the uninsured far exceeds the revenue which Medicaid or privately insured patients bring in..."

Another State Assault on Women's Health Care
New state rule targets Planned Parenthood, cuts almost 200,000 women from basic health care
News Story  March 2, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...The WHP is a Medicaid-waiver program that offers basic preventative health and family-planning care to low-income and uninsured women ages 18-44 who, unless pregnant, wouldn't otherwise be eligible for Medicaid. It was devised as a way to provide needy women with health care and to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies paid for by Medicaid – a goal that health care providers say also reduces the number of abortions...."

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