Massive statewide women’s health care coalition working closely with legislators

Massive statewide women’s health care coalition working closely with legislators


meantime a teep team of healthcare organizations from all over the state are making a big impact on the laws passed here in Texas a leader of the Texas women’s health care coalition tells the night team’s Courtney Friedman fighting for women’s health care is a daily battle it’s part of our year of the woman’s series highlighting people and organizations that empower women in [Music] 2011 women’s health care programs in Texas took a big hit the legislators completely just decimated the Family Planning programs the budget cuts were severe this tells you where we were serving the number of women here see how high it was and then it went down down with the budget cuts and now we’re gradually building back up in great part due to the Texas women’s health care coalition made up of 84 health organizations across the state working together for stronger preventive services many are right here in San Antonio the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists the Texas Medical Association the pediatric Society Texans care for children Evelyn Delgado was a coalition leader saying the enormous network of experts works daily to help legislators craft bills that will strengthen women’s health care take a look at this list of 40 bills the Coalition is helping with just this session legislators use their expertise to make sure the language makes sense and that the bill will be effective they also testify at hearings explaining to committees why these bills are necessary tomorrow I’ll be in Austin to testify a major bill this session would automatically transition new moms to the next step of care so women don’t have to search for available services when you’re either aged out of a program or you delivered a baby and so you’re not eligible for pregnant women’s Medicaid anymore and we still want you to have services other bills deal with access to contraception or preventing maternal mortality the coalition also does community engagement events all over the state of Texas asking women themselves what services they need that they’re not able to get and also providers what barriers they may face when they’re trying to serve Texas women we’re live from downtown Courtney Friedman case at 12 News

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