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GOVERNOR APPLAUDS WHITE HOUSE APPROVAL OF WOMEN’S HEALTHY FUNDING

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Gov. Greg Abbott said on Wednesday, Jan. 22, that a Trump administration decision reestablishes the federal partnership for the Women’s Health Program in Texas.

Abbott issued a statement concerning the approval of the 1115 Waiver for Healthy Texas Women:

“The Lone Star State is once again in partnership with the federal government to provide meaningful family planning and health services while fostering a culture of life. This collaboration is a symbol of our commitment to championing the lives of Texas women.

“I am grateful to President Trump and his administration for approving this waiver and for his commitment to protecting the unborn while providing much-needed health resources to Texas women.”

According to the governor’s office, Healthy Texas Women offers family planning and women’s health services to Texas women who earn less than 200% of the federal poverty limit. In 2018, HTW served approximately 173,000 Texans.

“While this program is currently funded with state general revenue, Texas submitted a Medicaid 1115 waiver application after President Trump took office, requesting federal matching funds for the program.

“The waiver had previously not been renewed under the Obama administration because Texas refused to fund abortion providers or their affiliates.”