Tribpedia: Women's Health Program

Tribpedia

The Medicaid Women’s Health Program, created by the Texas Legislature during the 2005 session, was implemented in 2007 as a pilot program to reduce Medicaid costs. It provides low-income women with contraception and family-planning services, along with breast, cervical cancer and other basic health screenings.

To qualify, women must be between the ages of 18 and 44, uninsured, and ...

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Interactive: Tracking Texas' Abortion Legislation

Abortion is usually a contentious issue in the Texas Legislature — take last session, when lawmakers passed an abortion sonogram bill and cut family planning funding by two-thirds in an effort to target clinics affiliated with abortion providers. But this session, they have had relatively few public debates on it. Use our interactive to track the progress of abortion-related bills.

Medical assistant Alesia Bolden checks Nereyda Penaloza's vital signs during a visit to Women's Health at CommUnityCare, a federally qualified health center, in Austin, Texas.
Medical assistant Alesia Bolden checks Nereyda Penaloza's vital signs during a visit to Women's Health at CommUnityCare, a federally qualified health center, in Austin, Texas.

In Bipartisan Truce, House Members Pulling Amendments

Amid Thursday's budget debate in the House, some Democratic and Republican members of the House have agreed to pull some divisive amendments related to women's health.

Health Advocates Make Case for Medicaid Expansion

Health care advocates flocked to the Capitol on Thursday to urge the Senate Finance Committee to consider the benefits of expanding Medicaid to impoverished adults, restore funding for family planning services cut last session and encourage redesign of the state’s health delivery system to help additional disabled and low-income Texans.

Inside Intelligence: About Health Care...

Texas Weekly

For this week's nonscientific survey of insiders in politics and government, we asked about federal health care and the state, about abortion legislation touted by the governor, and about state money for Planned Parenthood. Spoiler alert: The insiders don't expect much cooperation between the state and federal governments.

Newsreel: Women's Health, Guns and the Lege

Texas Weekly

In this edition of the Newsreel: Legislative debate over women's health funding, abortion and Planned Parenthood has started. This week is the 4oth anniversary of the Rove v. Wade ruling. Lawmakers are talking again about guns on campus. And the session is moving into higher gear, with the budget, committees, and the governor's agenda on tap.

Are There Enough Women's Health Program Providers?

This interactive map shows the locations of Planned Parenthood clinics excluded from the new Texas Women's Health Program, overlaid with the non-Planned Parenthood providers that have agreed to treat state-subsidized patients in those areas. A state survey found only two regions in Texas that would lack providers without Planned Parenthood clinics.

Nicole Griffis, nurse practitioner, consults with a patient at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Austin, Texas.
Nicole Griffis, nurse practitioner, consults with a patient at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Austin, Texas.

HHSC: New Women's Health Program Has Enough Providers

The Health and Human Services Commission on Monday said a new survey it commissioned shows the Texas Women’s Health Program has a greater capacity to serve impoverished women than its predecessor, a joint state-federal program that ended after the state moved to exclude clinics affiliated with abortion providers. 

Pete Schenkkan, a lawyer representing Planned Parenthood, speaks to the press.
Pete Schenkkan, a lawyer representing Planned Parenthood, speaks to the press.

Planned Parenthood to Remain in Women's Health Program

Planned Parenthood will continue participating in the Women’s Health Program, for now. On Thursday, a state district judge approved a temporary injunction to delay the state’s implementation of the “Affiliate Ban Rule," which would have barred the organization from participation.