Rainey Street Social
"...Family planning advocates are decrying a new state Senate budget rider that they say would dismantle a health care system that provides care for thousands of uninsured (and underinsured) Texas women. Senate budget rider 56, authored by Sen..."
"...The Chisum amendment would completely rearrange the way Texas' Dept. of State Health Services allocates roughly $42 million in funds to family planning providers -- a reorganization of "funding priorities" that would make the agency's lowest funding priority a large group of providers that currently provide services to the vast majority of women..."
"...As the Legislative session gets under way, serious questions persist about the future of women's health care funding – and there's a new player in town ready with an answer to cure the state's family-planning woes...."
"...It's been a rough few years for the state's family planning providers, who've had to contend with drastic funding cuts and clinic closures – and now they're fighting back. In the new year a group of providers is hoping to take the reins and provide funding directly to providers, cutting the state health department out of the loop...."
"...In fiscal year 2013 – for the second year in a row – the number of women served by the state's family planning budget dropped dramatically, while costing the state significantly more money per patient...."
"...A majority of Texans – across racial, political, and religious lines – support access to family planning for women regardless of their ability to pay, and disapprove of the drastic cuts lawmakers made to the family planning budget in 2011 that last year left more than 127,000 women without access to reproductive health care...."
"...Lawmakers in the House are now debating amendments to House Bill 1, that chamber's budget bill. And, at present, lawmakers are considering amendments to Article II, health and human services funding – including amendments that cut services for family planning and preventative health services for women, children and families...."
"...16 that he had chosen pro-lifer Dr. Eric Keroack as his new appointee to oversee the nation’s family-planning program at the Department of Health and Human Services – from where nearly $300 million in federal funds is distributed annually among the states to fund, in large part, the providing of reproductive health care – notably, including access to contraceptives – to poor and uninsured women..."
"...On Jan. 1, Planned Parenthood's East Seventh Street clinic, which has offered family planning and reproductive health services to low-income and uninsured women since the early Seventies, discontinued its popular walk-in service..."
"...On April 1, members of the Texas House overwhelmingly approved a series of budget amendments that remove millions of federal dollars from the state's family-planning program and direct it instead to other programs – like providing mental health care for children – that have also been underfunded as a result of the state's $27 billion budget shortfall. According to the Department of State Health Services, if the cuts remain in the state's final budget, two-thirds of the family-planning budget, more than $60 million, will be taken away from providing low-income, uninsured women access to preventative health care services...."
"...As reported last week ("Low-Income Women Could Take a Hit," March 20), family-planning advocates are up in arms over a proposed state Senate budget rider they fear would dismantle a health-care system that provides care for thousands of uninsured and underinsured Texas women. Senate budget rider 56, by Sen..."
"...A majority of Texans – across racial, political, and religious lines – support access to family planning for women regardless of their ability to pay, and disapprove of the drastic cuts lawmakers made to the family planning budget in 2011 that left more than 127,000 women without access to reproductive health care...."
"...EARLIER: The federal government has pulled from the state of Texas millions in family planning funding, granting the money instead to a coalition led by the Women's Health and Family Planning Association of Texas, which says it can serve a greater number of women with the available funds...."
"...After an all-night floor debate lasting into the early hours April 18, the Texas House passed its version of a $178 billion state budget – and it leaves intact more than $42 million in funds earmarked for traditional family-planning health services for low-income women. That's good news for women's health-care advocates who went into the debate worried that lawmakers would completely dismantle the care network, a proposal floated in a budget amendment by Rep..."
"...Eric Keroack, appointed by President George W. Bush to oversee the administration of federal family-planning funds, resigned his post last week after Medicaid officials initiated action against his private practice in Massachusetts..."
"...Dear Editor, In response to Jordan Smith's “Planned Parenthood Slashed Again" [News] article, dated Oct. 6, in which she mentions my organization, Lone Star Circle of Care: Midway through the initial family-planning grant cycle, it was apparent that we would not be able to spend the entire award; therefore we returned one-third of our funds to be redistributed appropriately..."
"...Robert Deuell's budget Rider 56. The client numbers have remained steady in the years since the swift drop, but the totals still represent only a fraction of the women in need of these services. Number of Family-Planning Clients Served..."
"...Last year, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission doled out a $1.6 million contract to the anti-abortion Heidi Group, as well as $5 million in January so it could distribute funds to boost family planning services to area providers. Now, the HHSC has snagged most of that money back after the group failed to meet its expected patient goals..."
"...The contracts are part of a large program of family planning and reproductive health services that the city of Austin has provided for low-income women since the 1970s. When voters created the health care district in 2004, the contracts for family planning services moved from the city to the county..."
"...16 that he had chosen pro-life Dr. Eric Keroack as his new appointee to oversee the nation's family-planning program at the Department of Health and Human Services which annually distributes nearly $300 million in federal funds among the states to fund, in large part, the providing of reproductive health care notably, including access to contraceptives to poor and uninsured women..."
"...Medical Care? Unsurprisingly, lawmakers are decidedly less enthralled with expanding access to preventative reproductive health care, but there is one bright spot: Austin Rep. Mark Strama received encouraging bipartisan support for HB 1842, which directs the Health and Human Services Commission to undertake a five-year outreach and education campaign providing comprehensive reproductive and family-planning health care for poor women..."
"...Dear Editor, Why doesn't the writer just call it abortion [“The New Texas Family Planning,” News, Jan. 27]? If it is so noble, why refuse to call it what it is?..."
"...Once again, President George W. Bush has managed to find a real live dinosaur to appoint as administrator of federal family-planning funds: Last week he tapped Susan Orr, a former official with the Family Research Council, to head up the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Population Affairs, which handles roughly $283 million in Title X welfare funding used to provide family-planning health-care services, including birth control, to more than 5 million low-income and uninsured women every year..."
"...Twenty-four organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the National Organization for Women, and the Union of Concerned Scientists signed on to a letter sent Nov. 21 to Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt, urging him to reconsider the appointment of pro-life, anti-contraceptive doctor Eric Keroack to be deputy assistant secretary for population affairs, charged with oversight and administration of the nation's family-planning program funds...."
"...Starring: America Ferrera, Forest Whitaker, Carlos Mencia, Regina King, Lance Gross, Diana-Maria Riva, Lupe Ontiveros and Anjelah Johnson. “Our marriage, their wedding.” That’s the mantra lovebirds Lucia Ramirez (Ferrera) and Marcus Boyd (Gross) learn early in the process of their clamorous wedding planning..."
"...Kin transcends conception. For us, it's about LGBT Family Planning and keeping yourself safe, legally..."
"...That argument has caught some traction in this down economy, yet still falls short on hard facts – indeed, the portion of tax dollars funding the program would, at best, amount to pennies on the dollar. Moreover, the funds go to support health care for more than 100,000 low-income women – including access to reproductive family-planning care that would help prevent the need for abortion...."
"...Austin's Office of the City Auditor on Monday issued an Audit of Neighborhood Planning – all in all, a pretty scathing review of the neighborhood planning process as it has been managed over the past 20 years by the Planning and Zoning Department and its predecessors at the city...."
"...There was a possible game-changer at Monday's joint work session of the Zoning & Platting and Planning commissions on CodeNEXT, but it seemed to come almost as an afterthought...."
"...The six neighborhoods comprising the Central Austin Combined Neighborhood Planning Area cover a large swath of land dotted with historic structures worthy of preservation, enormous student-housing complexes, and rustic subdivisions, as well as popular destinations like Spider House, Wheatsville Co-op, and the Posse East (and the offices of The Austin Chronicle). Its inhabitants include students totally clueless about municipal affairs, as well as some of the most sophisticated and politicized residents in town..."
"...22) are the first and last items on the zoning agenda: starting with the controversial Lenox Oaks development – which is asking to tear down the current Cactus Rose Mobile Home Park in Montopolis to build a new mixed-use development – and ending with the even more controversial Grove at Shoal Creek PUD proposal, finally making its first appearance at Council. Click their headlines to see more detail on those issues, but briefly, let me quote from the "Response to CodeNEXT Prescription Papers" which the Planning Commission issued this week, largely praising the city staff for their work on the ongoing Land Development Code rewrite process, but also pointing out some concerns about as-yet-unaddressed areas, including: "Demolition of modest housing in Austin's older neighborhoods to make way for larger, more expensive homes ....."
"...A week after Attorney General Ken Paxton sued eight of Austin's 13 Planning commissioners, two have announced they will resign. But both Tom Nuckols and Trinity White say their decisions have nothing to do with the suit...."
"...Chances are they're planning on moving here, so they'll want to explore the city and not be cooped up in your living room with your 15 roommates. Here's a collection of events that will suit all the personalities our your wacky family...."
"...AC: As you all approach planning your events, what does community mean to you with regard to gay celebration/LGBTQ togetherness?..."
"...Dear Editor, The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is predicting, in their 2035 Plan, how we will travel and where we will live 25 years from now, but they are not taking into account the availability of basic commodities ["Point Austin," News, April 16]. Among critical lifestyle commodities are energy, water, and disposable income..."
"... Based on the rate of conversions of older central city housing to upscale units, one has to wonder: Had the city not allowed a zoning change to Stoneridge or Lamar and Manchaca, how long would the current developments hang on before converting to chain-store strip malls, fast-food pad sites, or expensive condos? If the incentives aimed at providing walkable retail and affordable housing sped up the redevelopment of these tracts, it is probably by only a short amount. The Planning Commission welcomes input about changes to the city code to promote affordability and reduced reliance on driving..."
"...Observers suspected that Alcoa's six-figure claim was meant to intimidate, given McFaddin's successful lawsuit against the company on behalf of Lee and Bastrop counties citizens group Neighbors for Neighbors, which is opposed to Alcoa's efforts to get statewide rules for coal waste disposal relaxed. McFaddin is currently representing NFN and Public Citizen in new statewide proceedings with the Texas Railroad Commission, the federal Office of Surface Mining, and the EPA, in which the coal industry is allegedly planning another attempt to change the rules for its waste..."
"...Instead of in America, where everybody would be in their rooms with their headphones on, in Fiji we were together, we were enjoying it together and having ideas together and having an adventure together. And, in terms of the film itself, the kids were part of the planning and saw it in action, and they were smart about it..."
"...Viewed with hindsight, the Rainey plans now on the shelf contain a surprising number of what today sound like plausible, even fashionable, ideas. Here are some highlights of the history of Rainey planning:..."
"...-- to get a conditional use permit before they can build projects for which those zoning districts are intended. This means that each project has to go before Planning Commission and council, that neighbors have to be notified, and all the other activity that normally surrounds a zoning change...."
"...The main benefit is the Manigolds will now have time to do a little traveling. They're currently planning a trip to Italy, where they can sit on a porch, sip some wine, and watch someone else work a vineyard...."
"...e) any future generation planning advisory group should include representatives of residential and low-income consumers knowledgeable about energy affordability issues and solutions...."
"...In mid-July, Oh Kimchi partnered with Crazy Korean Shopping to make the jars available for shipping nationwide. They just signed on with the local Whole Foods branches, and will go regional – almost 40 stores – by the end of the year. As if that wasn't enough, they're also crunching numbers to bring kimchi to schools, writing a cookbook, and planning a grab-and-go restaurant – with Long at the kitchen's helm. Referencing a favorite book, The Alchemist, Duane says, "We believe in manifesting our own destiny ....."
"...The number of clients served by the state's family planning budget dropped dramatically in fiscal year 2012, while the cost of serving those patients actually increased, according to Department of State Health Services records...."
"...As of Friday afternoon, the Lege budget conferees have agreed to leave in place the nearly $62 million in cuts to the state’s family planning program, a move that advocates believe will mean dozens of small clinics will have to shutter their operations – and will result in more than 200,000 women left without access to basic health services...."
"...Under the program, a pass-through entity, the Texas Pregnancy Care Network, contracts with the state to provide funds to so-called "crisis pregnancy centers," which are tasked with promoting childbirth and steering women away from abortion. The program has been controversial since its inception because it siphons funding from established family-planning providers, including Planned Parenthood, which provide actual medical and reproductive services for low-income and uninsured women, and funnels it to CPCs, which, by definition, are unregulated, provide no medical services, and offer only a narrow field of counseling – specifically restricted to childbirth and adoption options..."