Newspaper: Few women's program sources confirmed

DALLAS (AP) — A newspaper report says only a handful of women's health care resources listed online for the new, state-funded Texas Women's Health Program actually could confirm that they were participating in the program.

The Dallas Morning News (http://dallasne.ws/WAJcKO) says it surveyed the 336 contacts listed online for the program in the Dallas area alone. It found that only 15 percent of the 55 unrepeated physicians and offices listed knew they were part of the program or were taking new patients.

The program lost federal funding when state officials barred Planned Parenthood from participation. The Republican-controlled Legislature passed a law in 2011 excluding from the program providers that support abortion rights, which almost exclusively affected Planned Parenthood.

A state health department spokeswoman acknowledged that there were problems with the list.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

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