Penny wise and pound foolish, Texas now has to find a way to pay for all the births brought on by family planning cuts.
The new, state-funded Texas Women’s Health Program (WHP) will not launch tomorrow, despite state officials’ earlier claims that the program would be ready to see clients without the inclusion of Planned Parenthood.
On Monday, Texas Governor Rick Perry rejected two major tenets of the Affordable Care act, saying the state would not participate in the individual state exchanges nor in the Medicaid expansion. What does this mean for a state with the highest rate of uninsured citizens — a state that already rejected federal funds for the Medicaid Women’s Health Program? Experts say the result will be escalating private insurance costs and declining public health.
A federal appeals court today rejected the state of Texas’ efforts to block women’s access to preventive health care at Planned Parenthood health centers while a lawsuit on the issue proceeds.