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Published On: Mon, Jun 18th, 2018

Missouri cuts Medicaid reimbursements for Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood is no longer eligible for Medicaid reimbursements in Missouri as the state legislature passed an appropriations bill for the state Department of Social Services on May 9 that excludes groups that perform and counsel for abortions from receiving Medicaid funds.

Republican Gov. Mike Parson, who replaced Gov. Eric Greitens at the beginning of the month, has stated that he will sign the bill.

Planned Parenthood supporters at protest 2011 photo/S. MiRK via wikimedia commons

“I aim to go ahead with that legislation,” Parson told Kansas City NPR affiliate KCUR.

Democrat Rep. Crystal Quade was quick to voice her concerns about what this will mean for her constituents on a low income.

“If they don’t have access to a quick in and out facility anymore, I am really worried about what that means for health care and for their costs because that means potentially more children that are on state aid, that means larger health care bills for Medicaid if we don’t for instance, catch cervical cancer beforehand or early on because someone doesn’t go in and get their screening, that’s  going to cost us money down the road,” says Quade.

Planned Parenthood will keep its doors open even if it’s unclear where the money will come from to do so.

“We don’t know how we’re going to pay for it, we don’t know what’s going to happen, but it’s our commitment and it’s our mission to continue providing them quality health care so anyone who needs us, we’re here, we’re accessible, we’re taking appointments,” says Mary Kogut, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri.

“I’ve always been a pro life legislator,” says Sen. Bob Dixon.

Sen. Dixon voted for the funding cuts to Planned Parenthood and any facility associated with abortions.

He says this year’s budget is consistent with how it’s been in years past.

“It’s not a new thing, but those who have not received funds or those organizations that have been prohibited from receiving funds because of abortion related services, they’re naturally going to be upset with the outcome of the budget, but the budget as approved by the legislature is consistent with the value of Missourians,” says Dixon.

photo: TaxRebate.org.uk

 

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