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Funding cuts to Texas women’s health program affect local women

Funding cuts to Texas women’s health program affect local women
KEVIN GREEN, The Longview News Journal

POSTED: Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 5:12pm

UPDATED: Monday, March 12, 2012 - 11:13am

Kim Starr Parker of Longview worried for years what evil might be spreading in her body.

Diagnosed seven years ago with polycistic ovary syndrome, purely on symptoms because she did not have insurance for blood work, the Longview wife and working student lived under a question mark.

“Do I have cysts? Do I have cancer?” she recalled constantly wondering until a friend told her about the Texas Women’s Health Program.

“I’ve been coming here about two years,” she said Saturday after her annual checkup at Longview WellnessPointe. “I’m just trying to be healthy and not come up with cancer or whatever — high blood pressure, stroke — and now, I’m being treated. ... It eases our minds, knowing we can get the treatment that we regularly need.”

Parker checked out ok with nurse practitioner Marcy Hall, but the program that helped her is in jeopardy after Texas lawmakers closed the door on a $35 million grant that leveraged $9 federal dollars for every $1 state investment.

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