Women’s Health is a budget issue, too
March 30, 2012
The dispute over the state’s discriminatory acts targeting women and women’s health is also, to a degree, a budget fight.
The budget passed last year cut $73 million from women’s health and family planning programs – even though these cuts will lead to sharply higher health costs for the state.
And now, due to the state’s discriminatory stance over federal rules ensuring that healthcare providers are treated fairly, Texas will have to wring more than $30 million out of an HHSC budget that’s already roughly $5 billion over-budget due to deceptive Medicaid projections.
The state has gone to court over this issue. Instead, the response should be to protect the Women’s Health Program – a great program that saves taxpayers money and safeguards the health of Texas women. The state should be looking for ways to protect it, not endanger it. Putting it in jeopardy discriminates against women by threatening the healthcare they rely on.
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