Planned Parenthood Sues Arkansas Over Loss of Medicaid Money

12 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

La. health dept. takes new path to block Planned Parenthood.

BATON ROUGE, La. Asa Hutchinson’s move to ban the organization from participating in the state’s Medicaid program, according to a statement. “Women and men who come to Planned Parenthood for care aren’t here to make a political statement — they are here to get quality care from a provider they know and trust,” Planned Parenthood of the Heartland CEO Suzanna de Baca said in the statement. Bobby Jindal’s administration is taking a different approach to ousting Planned Parenthood from Louisiana’s Medicaid program, a move the administration says nullifies a federal lawsuit filed by the organization. The Obama administration has already said the move is illegal, issuing a warning to both Alabama and Louisiana that Medicaid enrollees are entitled to the healthcare provider of their choice.

Jindal, an anti-abortion Republican running for president in 2016, had initially ended Medicaid provider agreements with Planned Parenthood without providing a reason. Each of the women, identified as “Jane Doe” Nos. 1 through 3, is an Arkansas resident and Medicaid patient who receives her reproductive health care at Planned Parenthood’s Little Rock health center, according to the suit. But that reasoning ran into strong questioning from a federal judge, who was considering a restraining order request from Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast.

The state has said Planned Parenthood received more than $51,000 in Medicaid payments in Arkansas over the past fiscal year for family planning and gynecological services. His announcement followed the release of an anti-abortion group’s undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials in other states discussing providing human tissue to researchers for payment.

Robert Bentley (R), have already pledged to stand their ground and allow the battle to play out in court — potentially dragging out the controversy for months. Planned Parenthood has said the discussions of payment in the videos relate to reimbursement of the organization’s costs and that it does not sell human tissue for a profit, which would be illegal.

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