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Questionnaire NameHealthy Texas Women
DescriptionOn June 30, 2017, Texas submitted a new section 1115(a) Medicaid demonstration application to enhance women's health care services by extending eligibility for family planning services, at no cost, to women, ages 15 to 44, with net family income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level, and who does not have any other creditable health coverage. The demonstration will be called the "Healthy Texas Women" program and is proposed to be effective September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2023. The federal public comment period will be open from July 5, 2017 through August 4, 2017.
Response FromID: #228481 on Jul 11th 2017 10:56 pm
Healthy Texas Women

Healthy Texas Women

We encourage the public to submit their comments on Medicaid.gov as they relate to demonstrations open for public comments. In support of transparency and open government, all public comments received are immediately posted and are in the public domain. Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services staff will review all public comments posted and we reserve the discretion to delete comments that are generally understood as any of the following: obscene, profane, threatening, or otherwise inappropriate.

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Open for Public Comment – 7/5/17 – 8/4/17

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As a physician living and working in family medicine in Texas I am totally opposed to any restriction to women's health access in Texas. In view of the dismal health statistics in Texas (high obesity, hypertension, diabetes mellitus and perinatal mortality- see MacDormanM.USMatMort.OBGYN_.2016.online.pdf). To restrict a woman's access to any healthcare provider that counsels or provides abortions in order to restrict a woman's legal right to abortion also restricts all women's access to healthcare and is legally, morally and ethically wrong. Abortion is legal in the US. To give a waiver to Texas based on the right to restrict which healthcare a woman can seek gives the ability to Texas lawmakers to go around this right established by the Supreme Court. Even worse, in trying to "save the life of an unborn child", keeping any woman from accessing healthcare available is contributing to the death and disability of women already living. As a physician, a human being and a woman this is wrong. Please reject the proposal. Make Texas prove that they can improve the health of women with their plans before they "try out" this plan on women.
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