The attacks on women’s health keep coming! Last year, Governor Perry and the Texas Legislature shamefully politicized women’s health and cut state family planning programs by two-thirds leaving more than 360,000 women without access to basic, lifesaving care.
Now, Governor Perry and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) are threatening the Medicaid Women’s Health Program (WHP) and the 130,000 women who rely on it.
Texas is attempting to ban Planned Parenthood from participating in the program. The federal government has already told the State that banning qualified providers is a violation of Medicaid law – and to do so would threaten the future of the entire program. Yet Texas is committed to violating federal law and restricting the right of Medicaid patients to choose their own provider.
Now, the future of Medicaid WHP is in danger and 130,000 women in need could lose access to basic, lifesaving care including breast and cervical cancer screenings, screenings for diabetes and hypertension, and STD testing and birth control.
Help us protect family planning services and Texas women's health by sending the message below to Governor Rick Perry and HHSC Commissioner Tom Suehs.
Protect the Medicaid Women's Health Program
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am urging you to stop playing politics with the lives and health of Texas women. It is shameful that the State is gambling with basic preventive health care for 130,000 women in need.For many women, Medicaid WHP is their only source of health care. The average woman that relies on this program is working, uninsured and makes less than $3,000 a month for her family of three. Without this essential program, 130,000 Texas women in need will lose access to basic, lifesaving care including breast and cervical cancer screenings, screenings for diabetes and hypertension, and STD testing and birth control. Texas women and taxpayers need this program. Medicaid WHP saves lives, prevents unintended pregnancies and saves taxpayer dollars. For every $1 invested in family planning programs, Texas taxpayers save $4 in Medicaid costs related to unintended pregnancies. If Medicaid WHP ends, Medicaid costs will explode and Texas taxpayers will be left footing the bill.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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