This political attack on Texas Medicaid patients has a devastating impact on real people — people like Lisa, a 39-year-old single mother of two and survivor of domestic violence. Listen to Lisa's full story here.
"After leaving an abusive marriage in 2018, I found myself without health insurance, so I applied to Medicaid. Everywhere I turned I faced long waits, and I was always pushed to the back of the line. I needed follow-up care and treatment for my high-risk HPV — one of the two types that lead to the majority of cervical cancer cases — and referrals for therapy and reparative surgery for the rapes I endured in my marriage. I was in pain, and having to wait was excruciating. Only at Planned Parenthood was I finally able to get a same-day, immediate appointment.
My experience at Planned Parenthood was unlike any other health care setting. More than a health center, I found a community. I have a sensitive situation with deeply personal health care needs, and at Planned Parenthood I have always felt safe, welcomed, and understood. Finding a new provider who accepts Medicaid, and one where I feel comfortable, is hard enough at any time, but during a pandemic it feels practically impossible. Now I have yet another thing to worry about, and I don’t know what I’m going to do. The thought of waiting around for something bad to happen terrifies me."
Find another provider in the Medicaid program.
If you need care, 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 Gulf Coast 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 Gov. Greg Abbott that health care is a human right. Patients should be able to choose their own provider, and people need more access to health care during a pandemic — not less. Call 512-463-2000 or send a message online.
Or call 1-800-230-7526