Thursday, June 2, 2011

Health and Human Services: Banning Planned Parenthood Illegal

Yesterday the federal Health and Human Services Department declared that Indiana's ban on Medicaid funding for the services of Planned Parenthood is illegal. In a letter to Indiana's Medicaid director, Medicaid Administrator Donald Berwick noted that federal law requires that Medicaid beneficiaries be able to obtain services from any qualified provider. Though not explicitly stated, it is understood that the state could face millions in fines if it persists in enforcing the new state law. Here is coverage from the Indianapolis Star. Below is WISH coverage.