Three big wins for women’s health care in Texas, statewide advocacy coalition says

Three big wins for women’s health care in Texas, statewide advocacy coalition says


this state legislative session was a big win for women’s health that’s according to the Texas women’s health care coalition they call this session a success the Coalition is made up of 84 health care faith at community-based organizations all advocating for more women’s services as the legislative session closed representatives tell our Courtney Friedman they are smiling for three big reasons Texas women’s health care coalition members all over the state work together to educate legislators testify in front of committees and push for stronger laws the biggest win the way we see it is the budget coalition chair Evelyn Delgado says this session an extra sixty-eight million dollars was added to the general budget for women’s health care over the next two years some of that money really is to help offset some of the increased costs of providing family planning services and women’s health services in general but a good portion of that will also go to serve more women that money will fund three state programs family planning which has 11 clinics in San Antonio breast and cervical cancer which has 14 clinics in San Antonio and the Texas healthy women program which has 39 local clinics this program focuses on health screenings and access to birth control new moms who had pregnant woman’s Medicaid or automatically enrolled in healthy Texas women once they give birth but many don’t know that which is why Delgado is thrilled about a bill that passed this session allowing a more effective way to tell women they’ve been enrolled it may change the timing of the notice to be more effective it will tell them what specific services that they’re eligible for and it will provide them with the names of providers locations where they can go in their neighborhood another big win came from a bill that directs the Health and Human Services Commission to develop a plan for postpartum depression and women need resources and information on how to deal with that to know it’s normal to feel that way and it’s okay to ask for help now these bills still need the governor stamp of approval so Greg Abbott has until June 6th to veto any of these bills and this coalition Courtney was advocating for a lot of bills this session yeah dozens of them and they say this is a success even to have these passed but there were a few about three that got really really close closer than they said they have in the past sessions so they call that a win – and they’re going to continue to work on those bills specifically those three and you can find those on our website Casey com all right thanks Courtney

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