Fiscal Conservatism, Texas Style? Texas Family Planning Program Now Serves Fewer Clients for More Money
Texans are now getting far fewer family planning services at a higher cost than ever, according to documents submitted to the Department of State Health Services council this week. Just 75,160 low-income clients received publicly-funded family planning services in fiscal year 2012, compared to 211,980 in fiscal year 2010. That was before conservative Texas lawmakers slashed money-saving family planning funds in their 2011 legislative session.
That means Texas is spending more money-about $37 per person-to serve fewer than half the clients it saw two years ago.
This is fiscal conservatism? This is good money management?
This is Texas.
As Jordan Smith at the Austin Chronicle reports, a new funding matrix barred specialty family planning providers-the matrix targeted Planned Parenthood, the most efficient provider of family planning in the state-from receiving Title X family planning money and privileged funding for Federally Qualified Health Centers, which are far less cost-effective than other providers.
But there’s hope: a coalition of reproductive health care providers in Texas is taking a new tactic when it comes to the state’s drastic family planning cuts and attempts to push Planned Parenthood out of the Medicaid Women’s Health Program: they’re going to apply directly to the federal government for Title X (family planning) grant money.
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