The 84th Texas Legislature convened last Tuesday for the opening of the 140-day legislative session. Today, January 20th, the new Governor and Lieutenant Governor take the oath of office. State lawmakers made progress last session when some women’s health funding and services were restored, but we have a lot more work to do.
Me and My OBG is primed for the legislative action ahead. We’ve assembled an experienced team in Austin to effectively advocate for Texas women’s health and the doctors that provide their care.
Our priorities for the 2015 Legislative Session include:
- Preserving funds and services for Medicaid, the Texas Women’s Health Program, DSHS Family Planning, and the DSHS Primary Expanded Healthcare Program. Ensure eligibility, access and continuity is preserved if consolidation of these programs occurs.
- Preserving access to affordable contraception, including long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs).
- Working with the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to improve birth outcomes while addressing racial disparities.
- Supporting the work of the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Taskforce.
- Address the post-delivery health needs of women beyond initial follow up visits.
We will be hard at work daily at the state capitol, but our achievements in the upcoming months depend upon the support of people like you. Please take just a few minutes today to help us raise the profile of the Me & My OBG campaign. Like us on Facebook; Follow us on Twitter; Forward this message to friends who may be willing to help us fight for Texas women’s health.
Thank you in advance for your action.
Moss Hampton, MD
ACOG-District XI Chair