The GOP governor wants to create a new program funded entirely by the state, so that he can cut off all access to Planned Parenthood.
A new program, though, would be expensive. In trying to downplay the cost, Perry's administration said the state-run alternative won't need much funding because "all clients will be eligible for Medicaid following the expansion of the Medicaid program" under the Affordable Care Act.
As Planned Parenthood notes, however, Perry has publicly said Texas will not participate in the Medicaid expansion. The Supreme Court's landmark healthcare ruling made the expansion optional for states, and several Republican governors have vowed to opt out.
Planned Parenthood also questioned whether Texas even has the authority to abandon the existing Women's Health Program and its 90 percent federal match. The group also noted that the Texas legislature has not set aside money to fund a state-based program.
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