Texas Takes Next Step in PP Defunding
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2017-07-12

In the May 24, 2017, issue of the Wednesday STOPP Report we told you about Texas preparing to apply for a Medicaid waiver which would ask the federal government to give Medicaid funds to Texas while allowing it to exclude abortion providers (e.g., Planned Parenthood) from its Medicaid program.

Well, Texas has done it!

On June 28, Governor Greg Abbott sent the unique waiver to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in Washington, DC and asked for approval. CMS is currently taking comments from the general public. The comment period will end on August 4, 2017.

As we told you in May, if this waiver gets approved, it could open an avenue for every state in the nation to defund Planned Parenthood of Medicaid funds—even if the US Senate does nothing.

Planned Parenthood is scared and is doing everything it can to prevent this Texas Medicaid waiver from being approved. 

We ask you to take the following action as soon as possible:

1. Go to the CMS comment page and comment on the Healthy Texas Women waiver request. Tell CMS to approve this waiver. Anyone in the country is welcome to comment and we encourage all of our readers as well as family and friends to express support.

2. Tom Price, the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, needs to hear from you. We have a PETITION to Mr. Price, which you can sign at stopp.org/price-petition/. We will get a list of all the signers to Secretary Price by August 4.