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Wyden Statement on Approval of Texas Medicaid Waiver that Limits Women’s Choice of Health Care Provider

January 22,2020

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore.,
today issued a statement after the Trump administration approved a Medicaid
waiver submitted by Texas that would allow the state to exclude providers like
Planned Parenthood that provide a host of women’s health services:

“This waiver is grossly offensive to women and their
chosen health providers,”
Wyden said. “The Trump administration claims to
support empowering patients and their doctors, but apparently women still need
Uncle Sam’s permission to see the provider they trust. Approval of this
waiver is completely contrary to the purpose and design of Medicaid, and adds
to a long list of attacks on Americans’ health care, from women’s health
coverage to the ongoing assault on protections for those with pre-existing
conditions.”

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