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Austin, Texas 78711
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 1, 2015
AUSTIN – Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today was named the Women's Health Hero of the 84th Legislative Session by the Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition. The award is in recognition of Senator Nelson's leadership on women's health and her dedication to women's preventative healthcare.
"Throughout the interim period and the legislative session, we have been working very hard to reorganize women's health programs to strengthen family planning, better coordinate care, ensure statewide coverage and make the system easier to navigate," Senator Nelson said. "I'm proud to accept this award, and I look forward to seeing our women's health programs continue to help women all over our state access the services they need."
HB 1, the state appropriations bill approved by both chambers of the Legislature, includes $50 million in new funding for women's health, above the $113 million that was added last session, strengthening family planning and better ensuring statewide access to critical services. The budget also moves all women's health program funding to the Health and Human Services Commission, which will make the programs easier for the state to administer and for clients to access.
"Senator Nelson's outstanding leadership in the 84th Legislature led to $50 million in new funding for women's preventive healthcare, including contraception, for the 2016-2017 biennium," said Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition Chair Janet P. Realini, MD, MPH. "Her impressive advocacy for the three principal state programs for such healthcare makes her a true Women's Health Hero. The Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition deeply appreciates Senator Nelson's dedication to this cause, and applauds her success this session."
Senator Nelson has recently received several awards for her work, including the Champion for Free Enterprise Award from the Texas Association of Business; the Courageous Conservative Award from the Texas Conservative Coalition; the Patient Protection Award from the Texas Medical Association; the Legislator of the Year award from Texas Academy of Family Physicians; Senate Legislator of the Year from Texas Nurse Practitioners; the Texas Champion for Children Award from Texas CASA; and the Courageous Defender of Life Award from Texas Alliance for Life.