Feds Officially Drop Texas From Women's Health Program

The federal government has told Texas that it will be dropping the state from the Women’s Health Program. Until now, federal medical dollars had paid for 90 percent of the costs to help poor Texas women get gynecological exams, cancer screenings and contraception.

Medicaid Director Cindy Mann says Texas will be dropped because Governor Perry insisted on rules that excluded Planned Parenthood from the program.

"I just want to underscore how disappointed we are in having to take this action. We don't have a choice. Medicaid law is clear Patients, not the state government officials are able to choose the healthcare providers that are best for them and their families."

Mann says there will be a three to six month phase-out period, so women treated at Planned Parenthood clinics will have time to find a new provider. Governor Perry has said he wants to continue serving the 130,000 women who use the program, but shift them into a state-funded program under state rules.

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Carrie Feibel

Health & Science Reporter

Carrie Feibel is KUHF's health and science reporter. She comes to Houston Public Radio after ten years as a print reporter...