Posts Tagged ‘healthy start’

Fla. budget would cut family planning, keep anti-abortion funding intact

Posted on: March 8th, 2012 by The American Independent 4 Comments

Photo: Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada

Florida’s $70 billion budget will strip about $4.4 million in family planning dollars from the state’s Medicaid budget. The state’s funding for controversial crisis pregnancy centers, however, remains intact. (more…)

Florida House moves to decline child-abuse-prevention grant due to health-care act opposition

Posted on: February 2nd, 2012 by The American Independent No Comments


State Rep. Matt Hudson, R-Naples (source: via Foley)

The Florida House has moved to eliminate the $3.4 million in federal grant money for child abuse prevention and maternal care home visiting that advocates fought hard for last year. (more…)

Florida legislator wants to make January a celebration of anti-abortion pregnancy centers

Posted on: January 5th, 2012 by The American Independent No Comments

State Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey (Photo: Facebook)

Florida state Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, has filed a bill for the upcoming session that would make January 2012 ”Pregnancy Resource Center Month.” (more…)

Florida lawmakers address ‘pill mills’ but cut resources for drug-addicted women, babies

Posted on: November 29th, 2011 by The American Independent 1 Comment
As legislators crafted new laws to shut down so-called “pill mills” around the Sunshine State, they also slashed funding for the public health programs positioned to help prescription drug-addicted women and babies. That has left programs like Healthy Start — which has seen the number of drug-addicted babies in the state quadruple in five years — scrambling for help.


Hospitals seeking a reduction in medically unnecessary C-sections

Posted on: November 10th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

The Detroit Free Press reports that hospitals in Michigan are taking on a project that helps reduce the number of medically unnecessary C-sections in the state. (more…)

Poll: Majority of Americans want U.S. to invest in public health

Posted on: November 7th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

A new poll conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health found a majority of Americans prefer that the federal government invest in public health. (more…)

Florida health department suggests cuts to crisis pregnancy funding

Posted on: October 13th, 2011 by Teddy Wilson No Comments
Florida’s Department of Health suggested cutting state funding to crisis pregnancy centers, among other services, to state legislators during a committee meeting last week.

The department presented a report on what it sees as possible areas of budget reduction to legislators in the Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, as they prepare to make more cuts to the budget during their upcoming session.

Crisis pregnancy centers (known as CPCs) are often religious centers created to persuade women to not have abortions. Florida is among a handful of states that provides public funding to CPCs. Compared to other state-funded groups that provide similar services, CPCs serve dramatically fewer patients and provide fewer services.

A summary report of the Florida Pregnancy Support Services Program for 2009-2010 describes it as “a program [that] provides support services to pregnant women in an effort to encourage them to continue their pregnancies to childbirth, whether that is to parent the child or have an adoption plan.” Even though many social services in the state have faced budget cuts in the past few years, CPCs have not faced any budget reductions in six years. The document states that “the two million dollar funding amount [for crisis pregnancy centers] has stayed constant since 2005-06.”

The department is this year recommending that the budget for CPCs be reduced by $665,400.

The agency also suggested cutting some funding for services that suffered big cuts last year. Included in that list are family planning services, Healthy Start and Outreach for Pregnant Women. Outreach for Pregnant Women was described as “care coordination for high-risk or HIV-infected pregnant women to ensure they have adequate prenatal care and reduce mother-to- child HIV transmission. Outreach and HIV testing for at-risk women of childbearing age, particularly racial/ethnic minorities.”

Legislators suggested during the presentation that budget cuts proposed by agencies are basically meaningless.

Florida Gov. Scott says state to see deeper cuts this year

Posted on: October 11th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

Gov. Rick Scott recently said on a radio show that the state is going to suffer deeper cuts to its budget this year.