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Texas Blocks Healthcare Access for Medicaid Patients

Due to political decisions by Texas Governor Greg Abbott and a recent federal court ruling, Medicaid patients will no longer be able to use their coverage to pay for services at Planned Parenthood health centers in Texas. This policy will be in place starting Feb. 3, 2021.

What happened?

Texas Governor Abbott has led an effort to prevent patients from using their Medicaid coverage to pay for services at Planned Parenthood health centers in Texas. On November 23, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state of Texas can move forward with this goal.

Effective Feb. 3, 2020, patients enrolled in Medicaid are blocked from using their Medicaid coverage to pay for essential health care—like cancer screenings, HIV testing, and birth control—at Planned Parenthood health centers. This negatively impacts thousands of low-income patients in Texas during a global health pandemic.

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Attention Medicaid patients

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, essential healthcare such as well-checks, breast and cervical cancer screenings, HIV testing, and birth control should not be delayed. To schedule a healthcare appointment that can be paid for through Medicaid, please take call the Texas Medicaid Hotline at 1-800-252-8263 or visit www.tmhp.com to find other providers in your area.

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Take Action 

Find another provider in the Medicaid program

If you need care after Feb. 3, contact the customer service phone number on the back of your insurance card, call the Texas Medicaid Hotline at 1-800-252-8263, or visit www.tmhp.com to find other providers in your area.

Share your story

Are you a Medicaid patient who’s relied on Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas for your health care? Has Planned Parenthood impacted your life in any way? If you’re comfortable, we would love to hear from you.

Contact Governor Abbott

Tell Texas Governor Greg Abbott not to block care for Medicaid patients at Planned Parenthood—people need more access to health care during a pandemic, not less. 

Why is this happening?

This federal court decision follows years of attempts by politicians to restrict patients from accessing care at Planned Parenthood. 

We take pride in being a trusted health care provider for all people, and we follow the highest medical standards. This ruling means that the very communities already facing systemic discrimination, greater barriers to care, and disparately worse health outcomes will now also lose their freedom to choose the health care provider that best serves their needs.

Statement from Ken Lambrecht, president & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas

"While bearing the health and financial consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, low-income Texans again face unnecessary, politically-motivated barriers to essential healthcare. Texans need and deserve increased access to healthcare, not less, particularly during an extended pandemic. And Texans, no matter their zip code or income level, have the right to choose their healthcare provider. For decades, the choice of thousands of Medicaid patients has been the trusted, expert care at Planned Parenthood."