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By Anna Chatillon
Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition
In the midst of the chaos and inevitable drama of the 84th Texas Legislature, we risk overlooking one piece of news with the potential to change thousands of lives for the better. Funding for women’s preventive health care services, such as annual check-ups and contraceptive care, was increased by nearly $50 million in the state budget for the coming biennium.
In 2011, draconian budget cuts to Texas’ Family Planning program devastated the women’s health care safety net. When the Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition, a collaboration of 60 member organizations led by TAFP and others, was formed in 2012, its aim was to restore that funding. The Coalition’s successful advocacy restored the funding in 2013 through the Texas Women’s Health Program and the Expanded Primary Health Care program, in addition to the Family Planning program.more
Meet the 2013-2014 award recipients
Each year, patients and physicians nominate extraordinary family physicians and others working on behalf of family medicine, and these people are honored with a … more
By Janet Realini, M.D., M.P.H.
Chair, Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition
In a bipartisan effort, the 83rd Texas Legislature increased funding for preventive care for low-income women, making an important first step toward restored access for over 140,000 low-income women. Senate Bill 1, now signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry, invests in family planning in three key funding streams.
- It adds $32.1 million in state funding to the Department of State Health Services Family Planning Program, replacing federal dollars awarded to the private Women’s Health and Family Planning Association of Texas network through Title X;
- It adds $100 million for a DSHS Primary Health Care Expansion for women’s health care, 60 percent of which will provide contraceptive care; and
- It adds $71.3 million in state funding to maintain the Texas Women’s Health Program, which lost its federal funding due to the “Affiliate Ban Rule” that excluded Planned Parenthood from the program.
Family physicians gather in Fort Worth
Report from TAFP’s 64th Annual Session & Scientific Assembly
More than 400 family physicians and other health professionals … more
Capitol Update: Watch latest report on TAFP’s priorities in the 83rd Texas Legislature
In this edition of TAFP’s video newscast, Capitol Report, catch up on the progress of TAFP’s … more
By Kate Alfano
Severe budget cuts from the 82nd Texas Legislature left the women’s health care safety net in tatters, but supported by a strong fiscal and public health policy … more
Capitol Update: Senate passes bill to increase residency slots
The Senate passed legislation last week proposed by Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, that will strengthen the … more
Capitol Update: New coalition advocates for women’s health care
View a slideshow from the press conference.
The new Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition, of which TAFP is a … more
San Antonio public health advocate receives national public health award
Janet P. Realini, M.D., M.P.H., a family physician from San Antonio, was awarded the 2008 Public Health Award by the … more