Health and Human Services Report Demonstrates Fewer Women Served by the State’s Women’s Health Program
Anna Chatillon, Policy Coordinator for the Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition, is quoted in the Dallas Morning News Trailblazer piece and the Texas Observer piece regarding the recent release of the Texas Health and Human Services January 2015 report.
“’The need in Texas for contraceptive care is increasing because the population is increasing so every year we have more women of reproductive age who need contraceptive care,’ said Anna Chatillon, policy coordinator for the Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition.”
“We lost a lot of the providers with the massive cuts in 2011, that’s one big piece of it,” she said. “It really devastated the safety net.”
The report showed drastic decreases between 2011 and 2013, including a 25.7 percent decrease in women served and a drop in contraceptive claims filed from 191,159 in FY 2011 to 88,281 in FY 2013.
The rider requesting this report notes that “if the findings of this report show a reduction in women enrolled or of service utilization greater than ten percent relative to calendar year 2011, the agency shall, within existing resources, undertake corrective measures to expand provider capacity and/or client outreach and enrollment efforts”.
This report showed a reduction in women enrolled by 9.1 percent and a reduction of 25.7 percent in utilization (i.e. women served).