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"...As expected, the number of women served by the state-funded Texas Women's Health Program – designed to preclude women from obtaining services from Planned Parenthood – has at midyear served significantly fewer women than were served by the previous program, funded by the federal government and including Planned Parenthood...."
"...A new report confirms what reproductive health advocates predicted when Texas officials decided to kick Planned Parenthood out of a lifesaving, preventative Medicaid program: Far fewer women are being served...."
"...Allison Catalano, who began working for Denton GOP Rep. Myra Crownover last summer, resigned her post this week, citing Crownover's support for cuts to women's health funding...."
"...As the state rolls out its revised Texas Women's Health Program, a central question remains: how to find enough providers to serve the nearly 111,000 women currently enrolled in the program. The current numbers suggest real trouble – but if one Houston-based crisis pregnancy center and Gov..."
"...Supporters of the current Women's Health Program expressed concern yesterday that new rules for a revamped, state-run program would cause the provider base to dwindle, would interject government into the doctor-patient relationship, and could potentially leave thousands of poor women without access to basic health care or family planning services...."
"...A visiting district judge today declined to grant a temporary restraining order, thus clearing the way for Texas to ban Planned Parenthood from its new Texas Women's Health Program, slated to begin tomorrow, Jan. 1...."
"...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...."
"...Final rules for the Texas Women's Health Program exclude Planned Parenthood, relax rules covering provider discussions of abortion, and include funding for treatment of sexually-transmitted infections. And, if the state can line up enough providers, the new program will launch Nov..."
"...The Texas Department of Health Services on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 1:30pm will host a public hearing on implementation of the proposed new rules for the new Texas Women's Health Program – that is, griping about the overall scheme to banish Planned Parenthood as a provider won't do any good..."
"...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...."
"...A day after a federal appeals court refused to reconsider its prior ruling, allowing the state to ban Planned Parenthood from participation in the Texas Women's Health Program, a state judge has entered a temporary restraining order, blocking – for now – TWHP implementation until the court can consider whether the ban violates state law...."
"...When it comes to defunding Planned Parenthood and attacking abortion rights, Texas pretty much wrote the playbook. In the name of anti-choice ideology, the Texas Legislature has systematically stripped the nationally affiliated reproductive health provider of funds locally and spent years decimating the family planning network, leaving women's health care in crisis...."
"...As expected, the state-funded Texas Women's Health Program – designed to preclude women from obtaining services from Planned Parenthood – has at midyear served significantly fewer women than were served by the previous program, which was funded by the federal government and included Planned Parenthood...."
"...The article is based on the work of the Texas Policy Evaluation Project in UT's Population Research Center, which is conducting a three-year investigation into the effects of cuts on women's health in the state. As part of that work, researchers interviewed the leaders of 56 family planning providers across the state who received public money prior to the budget cuts..."
"...Last week, in a move that has encouraged women’s health advocates, Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, expressed “strong support” for adding an additional $100 million over the biennium into the base budget to provide women’s health services – including access to birth control for low-income women...."
"...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...."
"...If the state goes through with its plan to cut Planned Parenthood out of the Women's Health Program when the new state-run version of the program comes online on Nov. 1, women's access to affordable care will suffer, according to a George Washington University study released late last week...."
"...In mid-December, before a friendly crowd at the Source for Women, a Houston anti-abortion "pregnancy resource" center, Gov. Rick Perry announced his women's health priorities for the 83rd legislative session: Increase regulation on abortion facilities and doctors, and outlaw all abortion after 20 weeks gestation, the point at which, Perry said, "a baby can feel the pain of being killed..."
"...On April 1, following several hours of intense floor debate in the Texas House on a string of budget amendments seeking to reallocate funds designated to provide basic women's health care services, the dust was settling. Conservative Republicans claimed victory: Seven amendments had successfully stripped from the roughly $99 million pot almost $62 million intended to fulfill the state's commitment to provide family-planning and reproductive health services for thousands of low-income, uninsured women..."
"...Travis County District Judge Stephen Yelenosky Thursday afternoon granted a temporary injunction barring the state from enforcing a rule that would keep Planned Parenthood from participating in the Women's Health Program until a trial on the merits of the case can be held in December...."
"...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...."
"...Just a week after the new state-run and financed Texas Women's Health Program began operation, the Health and Human Services Commission on Monday released a report declaring that the state has expanded its capacity to serve low-income women now that Planned Parenthood has been banned from participation...."
"...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...."
"...“Unfortunately, we have to turn this young girl away … And there was nothing I could do to save her,” Marva Sadler of Whole Woman’s Health Center in Ft. Worth says with tears in her eyes...."
"...Leticia Van de Putte, Rep. Donna Howard, and Planned Parenthood must've known they were in for a bumpy ride when they planned a Twitter chat on the state of women's health in Texas for this afternoon..."
"...Despite the religious overtones, overt anti-choice agenda, and documented claims of dispersing medical inaccuracies, LifeCare and 24 other "crisis pregnancy centers" – from Dallas to Houston – are generously subsidized by the state of Texas. And even as the women's health network drastically erodes at the hands of conservative lawmakers, taxpayer dollars to CPCs stand to receive an unprecedented increase in funding this legislative session. An Unhealthy Diversion..."
"...12, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services denied Texas' application to renew the successful Women's Health Program, citing the state's impermissible narrowing of the provider base to exclude Planned Parenthood from any participation...."
"...If Sen. Robert Deuell, R-Greenville, has his way, Texas' Planned Parenthood clinics won't be allowed to contract with the state to provide family planning and preventative health services to thousands of low-income and uninsured women through the successful Women's Health Program, a Medicaid-waiver project; the move would threaten access to preventative health care for many of those women...."
"...Last week, in a move that has encouraged women's health advocates, Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, ranking Senate Republican and chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, expressed "strong support" for adding an additional $100 million over the biennium into the base budget to provide women's health services – including access to birth control for low-income women..."
"...As the Chronicle went to press Tuesday evening (a day early) this week, the Texas Women's Health Program was set to expire Wednesday, March 14, when the state's new rule on qualified affiliate providers officially takes effect. Barring some miracle – or the immediate fulfillment of Gov..."
"...Last Thursday, Feb. 23, Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Tom Suehs approved a new agency rule that would ban Planned Parenthood from participation in the Women's Health Program – a move that, based on federal standards, most likely means the end to a successful program that in 2010 alone provided more than 180,000 low-income Texas women with access to basic health care and family-planning services...."
"...On Thursday, June 9, members of the state Health and Human Services Commission's Medical Care Advisory Committee voted to approve a new agency rule that would ban Planned Parenthood from participation in the successful Women's Health Program...."
"...The legislative budget conferees agreed last week to leave in place nearly $62 million in cuts to the state's family planning program authorized by the House in April, a move that advocates believe will shutter dozens of small clinics – and leave 200,000 women without access to basic health services. And although lawmakers have reauthorized the successful Medicaid-waiver Women's Health Program, it is unclear whether there will be enough providers left to keep up with the more than 100,000 clients currently in the program..."
"...3) TRUTH NOT REQUIRED Crisis pregnancy centers, religious "clinics" that discourage abortion and provide false information to pregnant women, received a pass from a federal judge. City Council passed the "truth-in-advertising" measure in 2010 (revised in 2012), seeking to require CPCs to be honest about their limited health services..."
"...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 a cure for the state's family-planning woes: Fully fund family planning and preventive care, says Dr. Janet Realini of the newly formed Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition, and Texas will save millions...."
"...Republican lawmakers might not like Planned Parenthood or funding family-planning health services – but Texas voters do. According to a recent poll commissioned by the nearly 100-year-old nonprofit, 56% of all Texas voters support continued state funding of family-planning health care for low-income women in Texas..."
"...Two facts about Texas' Women's Health Program have remained constant. First, abortion care is not provided in the WHP; second, pregnant women are not even eligible for the WHP..."
"...At a public hearing Tuesday, supporters of the current Women's Health Program expressed concern that new rules for a revamped, state-run program would cause the provider base to dwindle, would interject government into the doctor-patient relationship, and could potentially leave thousands of poor women without access to basic health care or family planning services. But unless the political will in the Governor's Mansion changes – and tips a consequent shift in the Health and Human Services Commission, which must sign off on the rules – it appears inevitable that the rules will take effect by Nov..."
"...In the start of a likely avalanche of anti-choice legislation, Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, has introduced the bill version of the proposed Health and Human Services Commission rule that forces women to cremate or bury their fetal remains after an abortion or miscarriage..."
"...The numbers are in, and the news is not good: As predicted, a host of family-planning providers have lost funding as a result of state lawmakers' draconian cuts to the budget traditionally used to provide low-income and uninsured women with access to basic reproductive health care. In Austin alone, funding has been cut for major players in women's health, including People's Community Clinic, Planned Parenthood, and El Buen Samaritano...."
"...The Health and Human Services Commission on April 8 released to stakeholders a draft of its proposed new definition of "affiliate," which would tighten the list of providers eligible to receive funding to support the successful Women's Health Program. The WHP is a Medicaid-waiver program designed to provide reproductive health care to women who would only become eligible for Medicaid services should they become pregnant..."
"...Women's health and reproductive-rights advocates haven't had much legislative clout since Ann Richards' days, but this session Democratic committee chairs who might block the nastiest bills have been replaced by Republicans. To add insult to jeopardy, all nine members of the House State Affairs Committee, which considers much of this legislation, are men...."
"...Apparently, not only is "Planned Parenthood" synonymous with "abortion"; so is "women's health."..."
"...A March 22 letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton makes startlingly clear that our A.G..."
"...Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder and CEO of Whole Woman's Health, this morning announced that today she closed two women's clinics open since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion more than 40 years ago, thanks to the draconian provisions of House Bill 2, passed last summer..."
"...UPDATE: In an emailed statement, Texas Department of State Health Services spokeswoman Carrie Williams says that the agency just received notice that it will lose the Title X grant and is "reviewing the information to get a sense of the full impact." The agency hopes the transition is smooth and the provider base remains strong, she wrote...."
"...The federal government has pulled from the state of Texas the ability to administer millions in family planning funding, giving the money instead to a coalition of providers 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 – and without the political divisiveness that for more than a decade has infected funding for and discussions about women's health in Texas...."
"...For three years patients continued to knock on the door, and the phone never stopped ringing with calls from women hoping to schedule appointments – but they were directed elsewhere. After more than a decade as a reproductive health provider offering services to 60,000 patients from its flagship clinic on I-35 and Highway 183, Whole Woman's Health ceased operations in July 2014..."
"...The state has absolutely no business or right to interfere in those difficult decisions, and the party of "limited government" is supremely hypocritical on this subject. Given a chance to expand health care for women and Texans generally, the governor and Republican-dominated Texas Legislature decided to pass the buck to the federal government and let millions of Texans do without..."