Haven Health Clinics remains open despite federal funding cuts - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Haven Health Clinics remains open despite federal funding cuts

Amarillo, TX - Haven Health Clinics provides health care for about 6,500 area women every year - and by sheer luck, those women will still be taken care of.

Earlier this week, the federal government announced its unprecedented decision to pull family planning funds from the Texas State Department of Health Services, which is in turn the main source of funding for free and low-cost clinics. And in a stroke of remarkable good fortune, our own local clinic will still get the federal dollars it needs to serve our community.

For more than 40 years, the DHS has been the sole recipient and distributor of Title X funds for family planning services in Texas.  But after last year's legal brouhaha between Governor Perry, Planned Parenthood, and the federal government over Medicaid funding and the strings attached to it, Washington decided to circumvent the DHS entirely and instead awarded a grant to the Women's Health and Family Planning Association of Texas, a statewide consortium of providers that fortunately happens to include Haven Health Clinics.  CEO Carolena Cogdill says without that funding, thousands of women would not have access to many vital health services.

"The birth control and the education that we do is so important," says Cogdill, "because there would be so many women who would not be able to afford birth control if we didn't have the Title X money, the family planning money, or the Women's Health Program, because healthcare is expensive."

WHFPAT operates 121 clinics statewide, and without those clinics, many uninsured Texas women would have few options for care - and that means taxpayers would end up with a much higher bill.

"It costs a whole lot more for them to go to the emergency room and get care there, which is where they go if they can't get care anyplace else," explains Cogdill, "so it would be more expensive for the taxpayer for them to receive care from something like that than for them to come here and get care here."

Texas has the highest rate of uninsured women in the nation, with fully one third of women right here in Potter County lacking health insurance. 

If you'd like to learn more about the funding process, the Women's Health and Family Planning Association of Texas, or Title X funding in Texas, follow the links attached to this story.

ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share
  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Trump's comments about anthem, Curry inflame sports stars

    Trump's comments about anthem, Curry inflame sports stars

    Saturday, September 23 2017 9:39 AM EDT2017-09-23 13:39:00 GMT
    Saturday, September 23 2017 7:40 PM EDT2017-09-23 23:40:06 GMT

    President Donald Trump says if a basketball player doesn't want to visit the White House to celebrate an NBA title, then don't bother showing up.

    President Donald Trump says if a basketball player doesn't want to visit the White House to celebrate an NBA title, then don't bother showing up.

  • US flies mission north of DMZ, sends message to North Korea

    US flies mission north of DMZ, sends message to North Korea

    Saturday, September 23 2017 2:46 PM EDT2017-09-23 18:46:38 GMT
    Saturday, September 23 2017 7:39 PM EDT2017-09-23 23:39:52 GMT

    It's a show of American military might to North Korea _ the United States says it flew bombers and fighter escorts to the farthest point north of the Demilitarized Zone by any such American aircraft this century.

    It's a show of American military might to North Korea _ the United States says it flew bombers and fighter escorts to the farthest point north of the Demilitarized Zone by any such American aircraft this century.

  • NFL commissioner, players' union angrily denounce Trump

    NFL commissioner, players' union angrily denounce Trump

    Saturday, September 23 2017 12:46 AM EDT2017-09-23 04:46:27 GMT
    Saturday, September 23 2017 7:39 PM EDT2017-09-23 23:39:40 GMT

    Trump has a suggestion for National Football League owners whose players decide to take a knee during the national anthem: fire them.

    Trump has a suggestion for National Football League owners whose players decide to take a knee during the national anthem: fire them.

Powered by Frankly