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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 25, 2015
AUSTIN – Record numbers of health care providers are signing up to provide services in the Texas Women's Health Program (TWHP), according to data provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) — a sign that Texas can ensure statewide coverage without sacrificing its commitment to protecting life, said Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound.
"We are committed to ensuring that women in every corner of our state can access lifesaving screenings and other preventive health services, and the data shows we are living up to that commitment," said Senator Nelson, who in 2011 authored legislation excluding abortion providers and their affiliates from participating in the program.
HHSC reports that as of June 30, 2015 the TWHP provider network reached 4,603 clinics, health centers, private practices and other health care providers across the state. That's more than triple the number of providers participating in 2011 when the Obama Administration made the decision to withhold federal funding due to the affiliate ban, prompting the state to bear all the costs of these services for women. In 2011, 1,328 providers were participating in TWHP.
During the last two sessions, the Legislature has increased funding for women's health programs, with a $113 million in 2013 and another $50 million in 2015. In addition, a new website was launched last year to help educate women about services available to them. "Education is a major priority over this interim period because we need to make sure Texas women know where to go to receive the services they need," Senator Nelson said.
For more information on TWHP and to search for providers, please visit www.HealthyTexasWomen.com.