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Texas' Medicaid waiver is a 'canary in the coal mine' for abortion carve-outs


The Trump administration will soon review Texas' proposed plan to regain federal funding for its family planning program that does not include Planned Parenthood or providers that support or perform abortions. If the CMS approves the waiver, other states could seek similar permissions and risk millions losing access to care.Texas lost federal funding for its family planning program known as Healthy Texas Women in 2013 after it stopped reimbursing for services performed at Planned Parenthood. Since then, the program has been totally state-funded.Now facing a $2 billion budget shortfall, Texas is looking for ways to reduce spending. The state on Friday posted a draft Medicaid waiver seeking up to $300 million in federal funds to continue Healthy Texas Women for another five years through 2023.

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