Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Indiana Violated Federal Medicaid Law

The Health and Human Services Department has rejected the state of Indiana's request to block Medicaid recipients from receiving care at Planned Parenthood, according to Huffington Post.

Indiana lawmakers passed a bill in May that prevents Medicaid from contracting with any entity that provides abortions, which effectively cut millions of dollars in funding from Planned Parenthood. But Donald Berwick, head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, sent a letter to Indiana's Medicaid office today (1 June) saying that the bill violates federal Medicaid law because it discriminates against Planned Parenthood for reasons other than its ability to provide quality health services.

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