AMARILLO, Texas - Thousands of women in Texas could be deprived of federal healthcare if a renewal agreement cannot be reached between the federal government and Texas.
The Women's Health Care Program has to be renewed by the state every so often, but the federal government has not yet approved the state's latest application.
One reason is because the Texas application would prohibit Medicaid recipients from receiving care at clinics that also perform abortions. Because Medicaid does not provide funding for abortions, the federal government is not honoring the request.
Now, Texas must work out a compromise. Until then, the Women's Health Care Program will be in limbo unless the state and federal government can hammer out a new application both sides agree on.
The current agreement is set to expire in March.