Feds Approve One Texas Health Waiver, Reject Another

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has turned down Texas’ request to run a family planning program that excludes certain providers — namely Planned Parenthood — saying it’s a violation of the federal Social Security Act.

But in the same breath, federal officials approved the state’s request for a waiver to expand Texas’ Medicaid managed care program statewide, and to establish funding pools to help providers recoup the costs of uncompensated care.

Gov. Rick Perry called the decisions out of Washington "one step forward" and "two steps back." 

"I am concerned the Obama Administration is playing politics ...

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