AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry has directed Texas health officials to look for funds to cover the cost of the Medicaid Women’s Health Program if the federal government pulls its funding amid a fight over Planned Parenthood.
The governor sent a letter Thursday to Thomas Suehs, head of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, directing him to work with leaders in the Legislature to identify money that can be used for the program.
Perry’s office made a copy of that letter available to The Associated Press before it was released to the public.
The Obama administration is threatening to suspend federal funding for the about $40 million program since Perry says he doesn’t want Planned Parent included because it provides abortions.
Federal funds currently cover 90 percent of the prorgam’s costs.
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