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State Medicaid cuts hit teen health program

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Planned Parenthood of the North Country is closing down its teen pregnancy and parenting program after New York cut the program's in its effort to trim statewide Medicaid expenses.

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Leaders at Planned Parenthood of the North Country are disappointed with the recent loss of funding for their teen services program. 

Martha Stahl is a vice president with Planned Parenthood. 

She says the state cut $95,000, the program’s only funding stream, to reduce Medicaid costs.

Stahl said, "We were really disappointed because it was a program that had a proven track record and had great outcomes for the teens."

Stahl says the program helped teenagers to have healthy babies, and encouraged them to become self-sufficient as parents.

She says they worked with more than 1500 teens annually. 

Pregnant or parenting teens had to be eligible to receive Medicaid to participate in the program.

She says teenagers will now be referred to the agency’s Community Health Worker Program for pregnancy services.


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