Last week, I filmed a video report for RH Reality Check in which I examined the claim--made at various times over the past year or so by Governor Rick Perry, the Texas Health and Human Services department, anti-choice lawmakers, and anti-Planned Parenthood activists--that there are plenty of health providers in Texas who can see Women's Health Program patients should Planned Parenthood be excluded from participating in the program.
What I didn't get into was just how dire the situation is, numbers-wise. If you haven't watched the video report, here's the gist: The State of Texas is launching a totally state-funded Women's Health Program to in effect replace the existing Medicaid Women's Health Program. In 2012, more than $33 million was spent to support the Medicaid WHP, 90 percent or $30 million of which has come from the federal government, and the rest, $3.3 million, provided by Texas this year. The new Texas Women's Health Program will require full funding by the state--an amazing budgetary leap, considering the dire state of Texas finances right now.