Critics of the privatization scheme point to other states that have handed over Medicaid to health-care companies only to watch Medicaid waiting lists grow and service dwindle.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland filed a lawsuit Friday, requesting a federal court overturn Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s directive to prevent the organization from participating in the state’s Medicaid program.
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) said Monday that he had directed state agencies to review the government funding of programs operated by Planned Parenthood in the state.
The unanimous ruling protects a practice designed to improve abortion access in rural parts of the state.
An Iowa appropriations bill would require people seeking an abortion to view an ultrasound and continue to require Gov. Terry Branstad (R) to personally decide which abortions are covered by Medicaid.
The governor of Iowa has signaled that he doesn’t want to be the sole arbiter of whether the state Medicaid program pays for certain types of abortion care, while Republican lawmakers in the state legislature seem unwilling to allow the governor to relinquish the role.
The Iowa legislature has become the first in the country to pass legislation that would repeal state law criminalizing people with HIV.
The decision stays an Iowa Board of Medicine rule that threatened to end access to medication abortion for rural patients. The decision will allow Planned Parenthood to continue offering medication abortions at 15 rural clinics while the court challenge proceeds.