State plan is bad for women, bad for budget
April 24, 2012
Last week, the state submitted a plan to the federal government proposing to phase out federal funding of the Women’s Health Program. Under the proposal, which is still under review, clinics serving about 40 percent of the women participating in this program would be jettisoned from it, leaving those women to find another provider offering the same services through the same program, whether or not there is one in their community.
The clinics serving the women being discriminated against by this decision have filed a lawsuit against the state. The state, in turn, has vowed to discontinue the program altogether if it loses the lawsuit.
This was a program that was working very well for the state, through which the federal government matched every dollar of state money with $9 that Texans had sent to Washington in taxes. It also created huge savings in Medicaid costs.
The program stopped working only when the state changed the rules, disqualifying the clinics that served thousands of the women who rely on the program, singling those women out and forcing them to find services elsewhere. This discriminates against these women. It allows the state to pick their doctors. And now, the women who depend on this program now stand to lose no matter what happens.
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