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Jul 14th 2017 7:40 pm Response: #228945 I am in favor of this waiver. Abortion is not healthcare and the actual amount of other healthcare services offered by Planned Parenthood is laughable. The 2.5 million clients PP claims to have served in their 600 facilities amounts to a little over 1/2 of 1 percent of the total US population. By contrast, the community healthcare centers that would receive the money currently going to Planned Parenthood served 24 million patients at last count, or about 7% of the US Population. In addition, these centers offer complete healthcare services compared to the paltry number of services offered by PP. In the off chance that PP actually detects something serious, they have to refer the patient to another health center to receive appropriate care. By defunding PP, we are eliminating this "middle man" and probably allowing patients to receive more prompt care when needed. I don't want one penny of my tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood. They are evil, lying, money grubbing baby killers who deserve nothing but contempt from any thinking, moral person.
Jul 21st 2017 4:15 am Response: #229029 I am appalled to find that my tax dollars are going towards an immoral collaboration such as the company Planned Parenthood. I myself am a 25-year old sexually active woman in Texas (with no children yet), and I find no need to pay for other's abortions, especially now that Planned Parenthood is fighting for second-trimester abortions. That can be up to SIX (6) ~MONTHS~ into the pregnancy! At this point, the baby has formed all of their shape, to the point of the hair on their head. They are able to register sounds, and even react to certain sounds. It has been proven that ~early~ in the second trimester, they can even recognize their mother's voice and will form facial (happy) reactions. ....USE PROTECTION. Protection is legal, cheap and easy to access. We were all educated so in our elementary/secondary schools! If someone falls behind on this primal knowledge and makes their own mistake for the sake of pleasure, -I- should not have to pay for it. WE, as tax-payers, should not have to pay for it; ESPECIALLY if we are paying for something that is on a moral boundary, that the entire country is at war over. If it is something that has not reached a state-wide agreement, my taxes should not go towards it.

I commend Texas for standing against this abomination. Where do we want our money to go to improve us as the awesome state of Texas? ~~MILLIONS~~ $$$$$$ of dollars towards dead babies that have nothing to do with our individual lives, or something that could actually help us as a society? Think about it.
Jul 25th 2017 1:38 pm Response: #229053 Since the state of Texas began trying to close down Planned Parenthood clinics several years ago, it became clear that rates of second trimester abortions actually increased. Women who wanted and needed to terminate their pregnancies encountered more challenges reaching clinics, and ended up delaying their abortions. This means greater danger and stress for mothers, higher travel costs, and greater financial burdens on our healthcare system due to later abortions and unwanted births. In a time that Texas is facing high rates of maternal mortality, why would the state consider excluding Planned Parenthood? These facilities provide legal, compassionate care to women who are poor and often in desperate situations. Furthermore, the existing facilities do not have the capacity or technical training to absorb all of the patients that currently depend on places like Planned Parenthood. Please do not approve this waiver.
Jul 28th 2017 4:19 pm Response: #229461 As an ob-gyn, I urge you to reject the HTW waiver application, and any effort to exclude qualified providers, including Planned Parenthood health centers, from participating in Medicaid and other federal health programs. Excluding Planned Parenthood from Medicaid denies women life-saving and preventive health care, ranging from family planning to cancer screening. For many women in America, Planned Parenthood is the only place where they can get needed quality care, and the women who would be hurt the most include many underserved, low-income women, who have nowhere else to turn. This is unacceptable. This waiver does not improve patient access to care and must be rejected.

Sincerely,

Katherine Peterson (Nevada)
Jul 28th 2017 4:29 pm Response: #229481 As medical student pursuing ob-gyn, I urge you to reject the HTW waiver application, and any effort to exclude qualified providers, including Planned Parenthood health centers, from participating in Medicaid and other federal health programs. Excluding Planned Parenthood from Medicaid denies women life-saving and preventive health care, ranging from family planning to cancer screening. For many women in America, Planned Parenthood is the only place where they can get needed quality care, and the women who would be hurt the most include many underserved, low-income women, who have nowhere else to turn. This is unacceptable. This waiver does not improve patient access to care and must be rejected.

Sincerely,

Danielle Allen, OMS-IV, future OBGYN
Jul 28th 2017 5:07 pm Response: #229489 As an ob-gyn, I urge you to reject the HTW waiver application, and any effort to exclude qualified providers, including Planned Parenthood health centers, from participating in Medicaid and other federal health programs. Excluding Planned Parenthood from Medicaid denies women life-saving and preventive health care, ranging from family planning to cancer screening. For many women in America, Planned Parenthood is the only place where they can get needed quality care, and the women who would be hurt the most include many underserved, low-income women, who have nowhere else to turn. This is unacceptable. This waiver does not improve patient access to care and must be rejected.

Sincerely,

Lara R. Hart, MD
Georgia
Jul 28th 2017 6:19 pm Response: #229493 As an ob-gyn, I urge you to reject the HTW waiver application, and any effort to exclude qualified providers, including Planned Parenthood health centers, from participating in Medicaid and other federal health programs. Excluding Planned Parenthood from Medicaid denies women life-saving and preventive health care, ranging from family planning to cancer screening. For many women in America, Planned Parenthood is the only place where they can get needed quality care, and the women who would be hurt the most include many underserved, low-income women, who have nowhere else to turn. This is unacceptable. This waiver does not improve patient access to care and must be rejected.

Sincerely,
Judy Kimelman MD
Seattle
WA State
Jul 28th 2017 8:30 pm Response: #229497 As an ob-gyn, I urge you to reject the HTW waiver application, and any effort to exclude qualified providers, including Planned Parenthood health centers, from participating in Medicaid and other federal health programs. Excluding Planned Parenthood from Medicaid denies women life-saving and preventive health care, ranging from family planning to cancer screening. For many women in America, Planned Parenthood is the only place where they can get needed quality care, and the women who would be hurt the most include many underserved, low-income women, who have nowhere else to turn. This is unacceptable. This waiver does not improve patient access to care and must be rejected.

Sincerely, Maryanne McDonnell MD, Connecticut
Jul 28th 2017 8:51 pm Response: #229501 As an ob-gyn, I urge you to reject the HTW waiver application, and any effort to exclude qualified providers, including Planned Parenthood health centers, from participating in Medicaid and other federal health programs. Excluding Planned Parenthood from Medicaid denies women life-saving and preventive health care, ranging from family planning to cancer screening. For many women in America, Planned Parenthood is the only place where they can get needed quality care, and the women who would be hurt the most include many underserved, low-income women, who have nowhere else to turn. This is unacceptable. This waiver does not improve patient access to care and must be rejected.

Sincerely,

Rebecca Teng, MD, FACOG
Obstetrician/Gynecologist
Austin, Texas
Jul 29th 2017 9:24 am Response: #229505 As an ob-gyn, I urge you to reject the HTW waiver application, and any effort to exclude qualified providers, including Planned Parenthood health centers, from participating in Medicaid and other federal health programs. Excluding Planned Parenthood from Medicaid denies women life-saving and preventive health care, ranging from family planning to cancer screening. For many women in America, Planned Parenthood is the only place where they can get needed quality care, and the women who would be hurt the most include many underserved, low-income women, who have nowhere else to turn. This is unacceptable. This waiver does not improve patient access to care and must be rejected.

I have cared for many women who have had serious health conditions identified by their Planned Parenthood care provider and were referred for specialty care, sometimes life-saving, that could have gone unidentified had they not had Planned Parenthood to give them routine health care. Planned Parenthood serves a vital role in most communities, filling a need that cannot be replaced. They provide comprehensive preventative health care for women, particularly the vulnerable and poor, and often at hours that are not available in private settings, allowing the working poor and middle class access to care so they don't need to miss work. In reality, insufficient alternate providers take Medicaid, nor have the sufficient infrastructure to provide quality affordable care in the way Planned Parenthood does.

It will be a huge disservice to women and their families if Planned Parenthood is excluded from participating in Medicaid. Please do not accept this waiver.

Sincerely,

David L Gandell MD, FACOG
Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
New York
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