Health Care

MADISON- On Friday, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin began the process of closing four health centers as a result of budget cuts directed at Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin Urges Legislature to Reject Additional Cuts to Women’s Health Care

 

MADISON- On Friday, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin began the process of closing four health centers as a result of budget cuts directed at Planned Parenthood’s patients, starting in the community of Shawano. Despite the cost-effective health benefits and need for continued access to preventive, essential health care, it only took one vote by our state legislature to end health care for Planned Parenthood patients in Shawano and surrounding communities. For more than 34 years, the Planned Parenthood health center in Shawano has provided thousands of patients with cancer screens, wellness exams, birth control, and STD testing and treatment. The Governor’s current budget proposal poses an additional risk of future health losses without strong public response. In response, Teri Huyck, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, issued the following statement:

 

Planned Parenthood announces closures

Note the full press release in PDF form is attached below.

 

For Immediate Release                                                                                              Contact: Stephanie Wilson

February 18, 2013                                                                                                            608-256-7549 x 2132

 

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin Announces Health Center Closures

State Budget Cut Forces Planned Parenthood to Close four Health Centers in Shawano, Chippewa Falls, Johnson Creek, and Beaver Dam

 

MADISON- Today Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin announced the closure of four family planning health centers in Shawano, Chippewa Falls, Johnson Creek and Beaver Dam between April and July of this year. These closures are a direct consequence of the Legislature’s elimination of funding benefiting patients at Planned Parenthood in the last budget cycle. Over the past year, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin worked to minimize the impact of the Legislature’s significant budget cuts on our patients. Despite efforts to sustain services to these patients for over a year without state funding, Planned Parenthood has been forced to end health care services in these four health centers. These unfortunate health center closures will result in the disruption and a loss of over 11,400 health care services for approximately 2,000 patients including lifesaving cancer screenings, breast exams, birth control, annual exams, pregnancy tests, STD testing and treatment, HIV screening, and referrals to a network of community resources. Planned Parenthood will maintain health care services in 23 health centers across the state.

 

Romney’s Medicaid shell game

 By Daniel L. Hatcher October 12, 2012

Mitt Romney is lambasting federal aid in his campaign for the presidency, including derisive comments against those who receive government assistance. But he pulled all the stops to pursue federal aid as governor of Massachusetts, even hiring “revenue maximization” contractors to scour federal programs for every possible penny — and using financial schemes to maximize and then divert the aid from his needy constituents.

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