HHSC announces women's health plan, local planned parenthood merges with others

Friday, April 20, 2012 - 12:44pm

WACO -- After barring Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid Women's Health Program the state is now ineligible for federal Medicaid funding.

But officials say they have a plan in progress.

"What we just offered this week is our plan to keep this, to basically transition this program from a mix of state and federal funds to all state funds," said Stephanie Goodman, spokesman for Texas Human and Health Services Commission. 

With Planned Parenthood clinics providing services for 45 percent of women under the Medicaid Women's Health Program the first line of business -- closing the gap.

"I think we can use other individual doctors and other types of clinics to make up the rest so I think its definitely something that is very doable," said Goodman.

That means the Waco medical community will have to absorb the 1,700 women that the Waco Planned Parenthood provided for.

"We've been the only provider, so to assume that suddenly providers are going to materialize and absorb all those patients seems a little far fetched," said Felicia Goodman, director of community affairs for Planned Parenthood of Central Texas.

Regardless of the state's plan, Planned Parenthood still faces a May 1 deadline when they are no longer part of the Women's Health Program.

On Thursday Planned Parenthood of Central Texas announced a vote to merge with the Austin and Dallas affiliates.

"By combining all our resources and really looking at who is doing what across a much larger organization and be more efficient," said Felicia.



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