Legislators Discuss Reversing Costly Family Planning Cuts

///Legislators Discuss Reversing Costly Family Planning Cuts
CPPP's Stacey Pogue

On Friday, the Texas Tribune and New York Times reported that some Texas legislators are considering reversing some of the drastic cuts they made in 2011 to subsidized family planning services. Updated projections from the state’s Medicaid agency show that $73 million in cuts will result in an additional 23,800 Medicaid-funded births from unintended pregnancies at a cost of $273 million.  According to the article, the significant cost of the cuts has caused some members of the Legislature to reconsider.

Restoring full family planning funding is a wise investment that will give low-income Texas women the tools they need to plan the size and timing of their families while saving the state millions of dollars in costs associated with unintended pregnancies.

At the Center for Public Policy Priorities, we believe in a Texas that offers everyone the chance to compete and succeed in life. We envision a Texas where everyone is healthy, well-educated, and financially secure. We want the best Texas - a proud state that sets the bar nationally by expanding opportunity for all. CPPP is an independent public policy organization that uses data and analysis to advocate for solutions that enable Texans of all backgrounds to reach their full potential. We dare Texas to be the best state for hard-working people and their families.

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