Last Thursday, the Texas House passed its state budget for 2018/2019. As part of its $218 billion proposal, the House recommends using $2.5 billion from the Economic Stabilization Fund (or Rainy Day Fund). You can find the budget documents for both chambers here, and a full list of House adopted, withdrawn, and tabled amendments here. Please also refer to the Center for Public Policy Priorities’ recent blog post for an overview of the House budget.
Both the House and Senate propose essentially level funding for the state’s women’s health programs. However, the Senate budget proposes that $200 million of this funding come from the the state applying for a Medicaid 1115 Family Planning Demonstration Waiver to help fund the Healthy Texas Women (HTW) program. The House also passed a number of amendments impacting women’s healthcare, though not all will make it to the final version of the budget. The next step will be conference committee, where House and Senate members will work out the differences between the two versions of the budget.