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Sophie Novack
Covering public health . Writing , , etc. Say hi/send tips: novack@texasobserver.org
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Sophie Novack 7h
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W/o Planned Parenthood in TX women's health program: -Almost 1/2 providers in state replacement network saw no patients in the program in 2017 -Org awarded millions $ to serve more patients than PP saw 5% of the 70K they pledged to
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Sophie Novack 7h
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We already know what happened when TX kicked Planned Parenthood out of its separate Medicaid women's health program. State pledged to serve same # through replacement program but thousands of women lost services & other providers haven't filled the gap.
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Sophie Novack 7h
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If Texas prevails, Planned Parenthood in the state would lose millions in Medicaid $ that fund cancer screenings, contraceptives, STD tests, etc. for thousands of poor women. Regular reminder this not about abortions, which Medicaid is already banned from funding.
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Sophie Novack 7h
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Planned Parenthood Medicaid case centers on discredited, heavily edited 'sting' videos, which AG Paxton called "raw unedited footage." Judge blocked TX attempt to defund PP in '17, calling case “building blocks of a best-selling novel.” Background:
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Sophie Novack 7h
Federal appeals court ruled against Planned Parenthood last night in challenge over Texas trying to kick the provider out of Medicaid. Sends case back to district court that had blocked the move, to apply a new legal standard.
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Chuck Lindell 10h
Planned Parenthood REMAINS part of Texas Medicaid, for now. AG Ken Paxton's office says Texas will move to oust PP on Feb. 8, when the appeals court mandate issues. But PP has some options before then:
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The Texas Observer Jan 17
Report: Power Plants are Leaking Cancer-Causing Toxins into Groundwater Across Texas by
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Tom Ryan Jan 17
RIP Mary Oliver. How does a person learn to put words together like this? What a legacy. What a loss.
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Christopher Ingraham Jan 16
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Sophie Novack Jan 16
Good luck, Rose! A fleece onesie should do the trick
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Alina Salganicoff Jan 14
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And today the Federal District Court issued a NATIONAL stay blocking the implementation of the Trump Administration's contraceptive coverage reg that would have allowed nearly any employer to drop coverage for birth control coverage if they have a religious or moral objection.
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Naomi Martin Jan 14
All too real comic strip that ran in the yesterday (h/t to a subscriber who posted it on Facebook) - days after the newspaper laid off 40 staffers
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Adam Serwer🍝 Jan 14
Glad to see Trump is finally sticking it to elites like *lowers glasses* low-income senior citizens
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The Texas Observer Jan 14
NEW: Trump’s Wall Is Coming to Texas. Meet Its First Victims. by
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julie rovner Jan 11
another victim of the govt shutdown: The appeal of the Texas case that found ACA unconstitutional.
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Madlin Mekelburg Jan 10
Today Texas AG Ken Paxton told Donald Trump that El Paso had one of the highest crime rates in the country until a border fence was built there, then it became one of the lowest. That is........not true. via
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Julie Davis Jan 10
These are states still reeling from deadly storms. Now potentially seeing their recovery/rebuilding funds go to building a wall on the border with Mexico.
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Jeff Stein Jan 10
Please please read this by on how federal workers are selling beloved items on Craigslist to survive
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Naveena Sadasivam Jan 10
Consider skipping coverage of Trump's visit to McAllen today and read this in-depth nine-part series on the state of the Rio Grande, which forms the U.S.-Mexico border for more than 1,000 miles, that we published last year.
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John Upton Jan 10
During the shutdown, with Joshua Tree National Park open but no staff on duty, visitors cut down Joshua trees so they could drive into sensitive areas where vehicles are banned. "We had some pretty extensive four-wheel driving."
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