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"...Planned Parenthood has filed suit against the state of Texas over its decision to exclude the reproductive health provider from the Medicaid program...."
"...Texas officials have followed through with their months-long promise to boot Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid...."
"...The federal government is stepping into the state’s decision to end Medicaid enrollment for Planned Parenthood clinics...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...This morning, Governor Greg Abbott announced the state will end Medicaid enrollment for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers...."
"...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]..."
"...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..."
"...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 affiliates are in court this week to halt state officials’ plans to boot the provider from Medicaid, as promised last month...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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 officials have followed through with their months-long promise to kick Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid. More than a year after Gov..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...Gov. Dan Patrick has compared Texas' refusal to accept Medicaid expansion to the Lone Star State's secession from Mexico..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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."..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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 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...."
"...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..."
"...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 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..."
"...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...."