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Published On: Thu, May 5th, 2016

Kansas cuts off Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood

The state of Kansas has officially notified Planned Parenthood that it will no longer be eligible for Medicaid funding. Additionally, the state will reprioritizing Title X family planning funds away from Planned Parenthood, an amount equal to $370,000 annually.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment notified Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri that it would strike the abortion provider from its list of Medicaid providers, effective May 10.

The letter, delivered on Tuesday, cited undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress related to human organ trafficking, violations of patient consent and shocking details not revealed to the public previously.

photo: TaxRebate.org.uk

photo: TaxRebate.org.uk

Officials previously mentioned a “lack of cooperation” when state inspectors wanted to search the waste of Planned Parenthood’s Overland Park office last December.

“This is an outrageous attempt by Governor Brownback to punish the women and men who have freely chosen Planned Parenthood for their health care for decades,” said the affiliate’s CEO, Laura McQuade, in a statement. “This is not over,” McQuade said. “We’ll fight this with everything we’ve got.”

According to the ACLU, the state cut ties with a total of 10 current or former Planned Parenthood personnel.

The Obama administration’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) may intervene, as it has in other states. CMS has warned states that defunding Planned Parenthood violates federal statutes and threatened to reduce Medicaid funding to states that persist.

“If people were truly concerned about reducing the number of abortions they would be enhancing funding for entities like Planned Parenthood,” said Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka.

Planned Parenthood officials have said they receive $61,000 a year from the Medicaid program.

Governor Sam Brownback, a pro-life Republican, has targeted the taxpayers’ money, eliminating it from the abortion provider’s revenue stream.

Brownback stated in his State of the State address in January he said he would “ensure that not a single dollar of taxpayer money goes to Planned Parenthood,” saying, “Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of baby body parts is antithetical to our belief in human dignity.”

photo Alyson Jones

photo Alyson Jones

 

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