More than a dozen Texas Congressmen sent a letter to the President expressing disappointment with his administration's decision to deny the state's request to renew the Texas Women's Health Program waiver. Without action federal funding for the program will run out on March 31st putting at risk the health and well being of low income women who depend on the program for family planning services, which may include basic screenings for breast and cervical cancer, diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases, high blood pressure, and other health issues.
The letter was signed by Reps. Joe Barton, Kevin Brady, Michael Burgess, Quico Canseco, Mike Conaway, Blake Farenthold, Bill Flores, Ralph Hall, Sam Johnson, Kenny Marchant, Pete Olson and Lamar Smith.
"We are concerned that your decision to deny this waiver is not being driven by concern for the health of Texas women, but by your insistence at supporting a pro-abortion agenda, something the Texas Legislature has statutorily forbidden the State of Texas from following," wrote the Congressmen to the President. "We want the Federal Government to be supportive of this creative and effective initiative, rather than try to force the State of Texas to violate state law to receive Federal Medicaid dollars."
The letter went on to say, "Because the Social Security Act does not define qualifications for Medicaid providers, Texas has the right under the 10th Amendment to determine such standards as the state sees fit. Texas has made a decision as to how to spend its money, and the Federal Government should not intrude on that decision just to support Planned Parenthood or any other abortion provider."
"While are pleased that Texas is embarking on the development of a state-based Women's Health Program, we ask that you reconsider your Administration's decision to deny this 1115(a) waiver renewal request, and restore these important health care services for Texas women."