Preventive Health Care for Texas Women: The Texas Medical Association supports state efforts to ensure access to family planning services and other key preventive health services for all Texas women in need. Services provided through Texas' family planning program should follow the Quality Family Planning Services recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Office of Population Affairs. Preventive health care benefits for women in Texas should include: physical examinations; on-site, same-day access to FDA-approved methods of contraception, including long-acting reversible contraceptives (e.g., IUDs and implants), which are the most effective of all contraceptive methods; provision of all age-appropriate vaccinations; and important screenings recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, including screenings for diabetes, breast and cervical cancer, heart disease, depression, and sexually transmitted infections. TMA will continue to advocate for state initiatives that address coverage gaps among certain populations in Texas and serve as a partner to the state in ensuring effective, efficient, and transparent operation of the states' women's health and family planning programs (CM-MPH Rep. 4-A-06; amended CM-MPH Rep. 2-A-16).
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October 07, 2016