Our local Planned Parenthood was featured in an article in the New York Times and the Texas Tribune on Sunday and in today's The Monitor. Texas has slashed the family planning program by two-thirds, and 16,000 local women have lost their preventive health care.
Will the cuts to Texas' family planning program save money? No. Family planning saves taxpayers about $4 for every $1 invested. The women cut from the family planning program don't qualify for Medicaid UNLESS they become pregnant. Which would you rather pay-- $200 (average cost) for a year of birth control and screenings OR $16,000 for a Medicaid-paid birth that is unplanned and maybe even unwanted?
Several patients and Patricio Gonzales, our CEO, speak out about what the cuts will mean to Hidalgo and Starr Counties. The article is below, and you can click on the links for the online stories and videos.