February 15, 2013 — On Wednesday, a coalition of health care providers called for additional funding to support the Texas Women's Health Program after the state blocked participation by Planned Parenthood and other providers who offer abortions, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The Texas Medical Association and the Texas Hospital Association are among the members of the newly assembled Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition, which does not include Planned Parenthood.
Janet Realini, a physician and chief organizer of the coalition, said that state budget drafts suggest that reduced funding for family planning services will result in 147,000 fewer women accessing preventive care and family planning than in 2010. According to the coalition, the decrease in access to services could result in 24,000 unintended pregnancies, which would cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid costs (AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2/13).
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