Budget panel also includes common-sense changes to family planning waiver
Madison, WI- State Rep. André Jacque (R-Bellevue) expressed his appreciation for the actions of the legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance this afternoon to adopt his requested changes to bar the distribution of state and federal Maternal & Child Health funds to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, as well as pursue implementation of common-sense changes to Wisconsin’s Medicaid Family Planning Waiver program.
“I am heartened by the actions of the Joint Finance Committee to ensure that abortion providers and promoters will not be subsidized and enriched at taxpayer’s expense, particularly within a program meant to focus on maternal and child health,” said Jacque.
The modifications were contained within an omnibus motion regarding the Department of Health Services budget, and place a restriction on Title V state general purpose revenue and federal funds to prohibit any of those dollars from subsidizing entities, or their affiliates, which perform or promote abortion. In addition, the committee’s action directs the Department of Health Services to pursue discontinuation of optional family planning services for men, require women in the program to be within 200% of the Federal Poverty Level for income, and for girls between the ages of 15 and 18, determine program eligibility based on family (not the minor’s) income and require parental notification.
Regarding changes to the family planning waiver, Jacque stated, “It makes perfect sense for parents to be made aware of their minor child’s participation in a program where greater family discussion would be beneficial,” adding, “I am pleased that the committee saw fit to restrict program involvement for those it did not make sense to include in the first place.”
Rep. Jacque thanked his Republican colleagues for their receptivity to his request and commended their thorough deliberation on his proposals. The changes passed on a 12 - 4 vote and will proceed to the full legislature for consideration as part of the budget.