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Texas Can Block Health Care Access for Medicaid Patients

Due to 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 after February 2, 2021.

What happened?

On November 23, 2020, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state of Texas can block access to essential health care — like cancer screenings, HIV testing, and birth control — for thousands of low-income patients by excluding Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid program.

This means that, after February 2, 2021, patients will no longer be able to use their Medicaid coverage to pay for services at Planned Parenthood health centers in Texas — but we can see you until then. If you're an existing Medicaid patient, meaning you've received care at any PPGC health center (including through telehealth) in the last three years, please consider scheduling an appointment for your annual wellness visit, birth control, or any other care you need before February 2.

Take Action

Find another provider in the Medicaid program.

If you need care after February 2, 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 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. Call 512-463-2000 or send a message online.

Why is this happening?

This federal court decision follows years of attempts by extremist politicians to baselessly restrict patients from accessing care at Planned Parenthood. Make no mistake: This is a blatantly political attack against Planned Parenthood. We take pride in being an excellent health care provider for all people, and we follow all laws and regulations and the highest medical standards. We have done nothing wrong. Even so, Planned Parenthood is a frequent target of such political attacks that impact patients’ ability to access care.

Unfortunately, this decision will most harm women and people of color who disproportionately are enrolled in public health programs like Medicaid. 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.

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Statement from Melaney A. Linton, president & CEO of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast

“This decision from the Fifth Circuit is yet another devastating blow in Texas’ long history of preventing people from accessing life-saving and essential health care at Planned Parenthood. Texas politicians have shown time and time again that they value extremist agendas over Texans’ lives and access to quality, affordable health care.

Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast provides birth control, life-saving cancer screenings, HIV testing, and other preventive health care to patients across the greater Houston area through the Medicaid program. Thanks to the state’s anti-abortion agenda, those thousands of Texans’ access to care is now in jeopardy — and during an unprecedented global health crisis, no less.

Now more than ever, we must do everything we can to expand people’s access to essential health care, not restrict it. This decision is not the end of our fight, and we will do everything in our power to ensure that our patients will always have a place to turn — no matter what.”