TWHC Policy Priorities – 86th Legislature – 2019

The Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition's priorities for the 86th Legislative Session focus on improving access to healthcare for Texas women. It advocates for fully funding essential programs like Healthy Texas Women, the Family Planning Program, and the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening (BCCS) program to meet the state's healthcare needs. The document calls for policy changes to ensure access to contraception, including adding it as a covered benefit in CHIP and enabling women to access a 12-month supply of contraception through insurance coverage. Additionally, it emphasizes the importance of supporting healthy mothers postpartum by allowing them to maintain Medicaid coverage for 12 months and enhancing data access for maternal and infant health.

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