Texas Women's Health Program http://kut.org en Stance On Texas Women's Health Program Depends On Party Affiliation http://kut.org/post/stance-texas-womens-health-program-depends-party-affiliation <p>Women's healthcare has been a political seesaw in the Texas legislature the last few years -- from budget cuts in 2011 to budget increases in 2013.</p><p>Yesterday a Texas Senate committee heard how women's health programs were doing, with the answer falling along party lines.</p><p><a href="http://www.nelson.senate.state.tx.us" target="_blank">State Sen. Jane Nelson</a>, R-Flower Mound, says Texas has never spent as much on women’s health as it does right now, and she says she wanted to "set the record straight" during a hearing of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee -- the committee she chairs.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/135936493&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:34:41 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9822 at http://kut.org Stance On Texas Women's Health Program Depends On Party Affiliation Early Numbers Show Fewer Claims Under Women's Health Program http://kut.org/post/early-numbers-show-fewer-claims-under-womens-health-program <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state’s move to drop Planned Parenthood from a health program for low-income women has resulted in a decline in claims of more than five percent.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From January to the beginning of March, <a href="http://www.hhs.state.tx.us/news/release/031813-TW-Claims-Data.shtml">the state says </a>there were&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">14,124</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;claims made through the new Texas Women’s Health Program.&nbsp; That compares with almost&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">14,908</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;under the old Medicaid Women’s Health Program that included Planned Parenthood clinics, a drop of 5.24 percent.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 13:37:06 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7018 at http://kut.org Early Numbers Show Fewer Claims Under Women's Health Program Capitol Rally Shows Support for Planned Parenthood http://kut.org/post/capitol-rally-shows-support-planned-parenthood <p>Planned Parenthood supporters marched on the Texas Capitol today to protest cuts to women’s health programs. <a href="http://kutnews.org/term/planned-parenthood">Planned Parenthood</a> says it had to close 51 clinics across Texas after <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/texas-immediately-cut-womens-health-program-funds-planned-parenthood-updated">state lawmakers cut it out of a program</a> that funds <a href="http://www.texaswomenshealth.org/">health screenings and other basic services</a> for low-income women.&nbsp;</p><p>Their keynote speaker at today’s rally was <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephanie_March">Stephanie March</a>, an actor from Dallas who appears on <em>Law &amp; Order: SVU</em>.</p><p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 01:48:37 +0000 Ann Choi 6874 at http://kut.org Capitol Rally Shows Support for Planned Parenthood Religious Leaders Demand Money for Women's Health http://kut.org/post/religious-leaders-demand-money-womens-health <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Religious leaders from Christian, Buddhist, Sikh and Jewish faiths are calling on state leaders to increase funding for women’s health programs. Clergy members held a news conference at the Capitol today to highlight a statement signed by </span><a href="http://www.tfn.org/site/PageServer?pagename=clergy_contraception_letter#LIST" style="line-height: 1.5;">more than 370 religious leaders</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from various faiths.&nbsp;</span></p><p>"We are voices of faith that minister to people of all levels of economic ability in our state and we’ve seen these cuts especially affect women in poverty in Texas," said&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Larry&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bethune, pastor</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;of the University Baptist Church in Austin. Bethune sits on the board of the <a href="http://www.tfn.org/">Texas Freedom Network</a>, an organization that says it exists to counter the "religious right."</span></p><p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 01:11:00 +0000 Nathan Bernier 6822 at http://kut.org Religious Leaders Demand Money for Women's Health New Poll: Texans Support Funding Family Planning Services http://kut.org/post/new-poll-texans-support-funding-family-planning-services <p>A new poll finds support for state-funded family planning from Texans across race, religion and party affiliation.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.tfn.org/birthcontroltx">survey </a>by the <a href="http://www.tfn.org/site/PageServer?pagename=TFN_homepage">Texas Freedom Network Education Fund</a> found more than 70 percent of registered Texas voters support family planning funding such as birth control. The finding includes groups thought to be more socially conservative, like Republican women, Hispanics and Catholics.</p><p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 21:33:43 +0000 Ann Choi 6656 at http://kut.org New Poll: Texans Support Funding Family Planning Services The Lead: Vote on Independent Austin Energy Board, SXSW Film Wristbands on Sale http://kut.org/post/lead-vote-independent-austin-energy-board-sxsw-film-wristbands-sale <p>Happy Valentine's Day! The <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Austin&amp;state=TX&amp;site=EWX&amp;textField1=30.267&amp;textField2=-97.743&amp;e=1" target="_blank">National Weather Service</a> says Austin is looking to stay sunny with high 60s&nbsp;in this afternoon.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Lead Story:</strong> Austin City Council votes today on a measure that could create an independent board to oversee Austin Energy. The resolution is sponsored by Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole and Council Member Bill Spelman.&nbsp; Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:09:32 +0000 Ann Choi 6600 at http://kut.org The Lead: Vote on Independent Austin Energy Board, SXSW Film Wristbands on Sale Planned Parenthood Loses Bid for Injunction http://kut.org/post/planned-parenthood-loses-bid-injunction <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box;">Updated, Friday, 4:55 p.m.:</strong></p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 23:27:46 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 6161 at http://kut.org Planned Parenthood Loses Bid for Injunction HHSC: New Women's Health Program Has Enough Providers http://kut.org/post/hhsc-new-womens-health-program-has-enough-providers <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35;">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.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 01:21:09 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 6093 at http://kut.org HHSC: New Women's Health Program Has Enough Providers Women's Health Program Still Has Provider Problems http://kut.org/post/womens-health-program-still-has-provider-problems <p>The new state-funded <a href="http://www.texaswomenshealth.org/">Texas Women’s Health Program</a> began on Jan. 1. It provides low income women in Texas with basic health screenings and contraception. State officials said the new program began with more capacity to serve clients then the program had when it was federally funded. But at least one state lawmaker believes there’s a problem with the agency’s list of providers.</p><p><a href="http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=48">Austin Democrat Donna Howard</a> has been worried about the Women’s Health Program since the state said it would create its own version of the program. That came after the state moved to exclude clinics affiliated with abortion providers – such as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.plannedparenthood.org/greater-texas/">Planned Parenthood</a>&nbsp;–&nbsp;from participating, which led the federal government to announce it was <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-health-resources/womens-health-program/cindy-mann-funding-whp-expires-years-end/">pulling all funding</a>. Howard was worried when she wrote a letter to the <a href="http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/">Health and Human Services Commission</a> asking for information about new providers.</p><p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Ben Philpott 6054 at http://kut.org Women's Health Program Still Has Provider Problems Texas Takes Over Women's Health Program http://kut.org/post/texas-takes-over-womens-health-program <p></p><p>The state of Texas launched its Women’s Health Program this week. Texas is funding the program on its own because the federal government pulled money after the state blocked Planned Parenthood from participating.</p><p>The Texas version&nbsp;still serves low income women who would qualify for Medicaid if they became pregnant. It will cover about 110,000 women between 18 and 44 years old with free well-woman exams, basic health and certain family planning services.</p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 11:17:00 +0000 Ben Philpott 6039 at http://kut.org Texas Takes Over Women's Health Program