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By Anna Chatillon
Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition
In the midst of the chaos and inevitable drama of the 84th Texas Legislature, we risk overlooking one piece of news with the potential to change thousands of lives for the better. Funding for women’s preventive health care services, such as annual check-ups and contraceptive care, was increased by nearly $50 million in the state budget for the coming biennium.
In 2011, draconian budget cuts to Texas’ Family Planning program devastated the women’s health care safety net. When the Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition, a collaboration of 60 member organizations led by TAFP and others, was formed in 2012, its aim was to restore that funding. The Coalition’s successful advocacy restored the funding in 2013 through the Texas Women’s Health Program and the Expanded Primary Health Care program, in addition to the Family Planning program.more
Capitol Update: Watch latest report on TAFP’s priorities in the 83rd Texas Legislature
In this edition of TAFP’s video newscast, Capitol Report, catch up on the progress of TAFP’s … more
By Kate Alfano
Severe budget cuts from the 82nd Texas Legislature left the women’s health care safety net in tatters, but supported by a strong fiscal and public health policy … more
Capitol Update: New coalition advocates for women’s health care
View a slideshow from the press conference.
The new Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition, of which TAFP is a … more