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Kyle L. Janek, M.D.
Executive Commissioner

Date:Oct. 25, 2012
Contact: Stephanie Goodman, 512-424-6951

HHSC Statement on Women’s Health Program Ruling

AUSTIN – Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek, M.D., issued the following statement after the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals lifted a lower court’s injunction and cleared the way for enforcement of a ban against affiliates of abortion providers in the Women’s Health Program:

“The 5th Circuit ruling aligns the Medicaid Women’s Health Program with state law. We’ve increased the number of doctors and clinics in the program, and we’ll be ready to help any woman who needs to find a new provider.

“This ruling makes it clear that we can enforce state law and get federal funding for the Women’s Health Program, and we’re going to push for that.”

Women can search the website,, for a new doctor or clinic or call 800-335-8957 (select a language, and then press 5) for help.