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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 26, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels HeraldZeitung March Health coalition wants better care for indigents A f A n V A f AUSTIN AP A coalition of health care providers and com munity organizations has organized a drive to save the state money by spending more for prenatal care to indigent women and their If we fail in this Legislature we are just passing the debt on to another said Ron An head of Parkland and chairman of the State Board of The coalition announced Monday it would support actively four measures proposed by the Task Force on Indigent Health plus a fifth bill to help the hungry and the We found that pregnancies among unwed women is the most costly program in almost all hospitals in said Helen chairman of the task force authorized by the 1983 That has become the 1 issue in indigent health Mike cochairman of the Texas Maternal and Child Health which includes 12 estimated the entire package cost of the five bills would be million to million for the next two The coalition has no specific funding Hudson We will take the money from anywhere it The coalition said its immediate goal was passage of the maternal and child health One measure would provide expanded delivery and postnatal services to indigent pregnant women and children who are not otherwise Other measures would expand services to women and children in the Medicaid and the Aid to Families with Dependent Children AFDC Texas counties and local tax payers are wasting each year millions of dollars on expensive neonatal care and on long term treatment of birthrelated Hudson told a news Hudson said he felt the national Republican administration had been lax in helping states with their health Health care must not be a par tisan political he Both political parties should put partisan concerns aside and commit adequate revenues to insure that every pregnant Texas woman has access to prenatal care and safe delivery Lan the other coalition said ex periences in other states shows every spent on prenatal care will result in to saved on newborn intensive In shortterm hospital costs of low birth weight ih premature infants exceed million a Bentsen The cost of educating handicapped children in Texas was more than million in Bentsen Gramm wants reform in defense contracts WASHINGTON AP Republican Texas Phil Gramm says he is confident that his proposal to reform defense contracts will eventually become law because taxpayers outnumber people whove got sweetheart deals with the Gramms which he announced a news conference would also lift legislative restrictions on military base He said that would allow such decisions to be made on the basis of national security and not The measure will draw heavy opposition because it threatens a lot of sacred Gramm I felt it was time to give members of Congress a chance to put their vote where their mouth he Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Barry has proposed a list of 21 bases for There are no Texas bases on the but Gramm said there was no guarantee Texas bases would not be threatened with closure under deeper Its clear Texas is not affected by the first Gramm In Texas may initially gain because of transfer of functions to But Im certainly not going to sit here and say that with all of these reforms that Ive if they become that theyre not going to affect Texas because they and that theyre not going to affect Texas because they may well affect Gramms called the Defense Efficiency and Economy would also allow the Secretary of Defense to fine a contractor 25 percent of the total contract if the contractor repeatedly submits unallowable expense claims and allow for a fine of three times the amount of a disallowed individual The bill would also forbid con tractors from billing the government for items such as country club dues and firstclass air Gramm said his bill would also allow payment of overtime on a weekly instead of a daily basis and eliminate a provisions in the law that 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