In conjunction with the Fertile Ground series, we’ve updated the state’s list of Women’s Health Program providers. Since the last iteration of this map in February, Gov. Rick Perry has rejected Medicaid funds to continue the program as a federal-state partnership. Anti-abortion proponents are trying to exclude abortion affiliates like Planned Parenthood from participating, but a court injunction will keep them in the program while a lawsuit moves through the court. Perry has promised to keep the Women’s Health Program afloat, and he has ordered the Health and Human Services Commission to identify about $40 million to keep services available to about 130,000 enrollees. (They have yet to name the source of that funding, but the program will receive Medicaid funds through the end of the year and has been re-named the Texas Women’s Health Program.)
The key to understanding the importance of the Women’s Health Program is to know that its beneficiaries do not qualify for Medicaid. Elsewhere, the Texas Legislature has also cut off funding for poor women who relied on the Department of State Health Services to help them using federal grants called Titles V, X and XX (See those tables here). The Women’s Health Program remains their last source for access to services ranging from cervical and breast cancer screenings to STD testing and birth control.
This map shows the locations of health care providers currently participating in the Women's Health Program. Click on any point on the map to see the types and number of available providers at each location. To get a sense of where the largest needs are currently for women's health services in Texas, the map is color-coded by county using the most current statistics available from the Texas Department of State Health Services. The map initially shows the teen pregnancy rate by county. Flip through various map styles to compare women's health statistics across the state, or click on a county to see detailed information in the table below. Here's a video tutorial to walk you through how to use the interactive. The map may take a moment to load.
|Statewide Number||County Number||Percent or Rate Statewide||Percent or Rate in County|
|Age: Under 15||204||-||0.3||-|
|Female population age 13 - 17||882,954||-||-||-|
|Total teen pregnancies||21,822||-||24.7*||-|
|Total Live Births||18,720||-||21*||-|
|Births by Race: White||3,140||-||-||-|
|Births by Race: Black||2,536||-||-||-|
|Births by Ethnicity: Hispanic||13,056||-||-||-|
|Female population age 15 - 44||5,347,364||-||-||-|
|Total Live Births||400,269||-||75*||-|
|Newborns with Low Birth Weight||34,157||-||8.5+||-|
|Source: Texas Department of State Health Services, 2009 (*per 1,000 target female population, +per 1,000 live births)|
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