The sole abortion clinic in Mississippi is about to become an official health provider for insurance companies, including Medicaid, meaning the clinic can soon provide covered contraception to its patients.
Bevin’s victory leaves in doubt the future of the program that provides health care to more than 400,000 low-income residents.
Wednesday’s ruling is the latest loss for GOP lawmakers trying to defund the reproductive health-care provider from state-run Medicaid programs.
The bill was passed by the state senate with a 23-10 vote along partisan lines, after Republican lawmakers cancelled a scheduled hearing on the legislation to hurry the bill to the floor for a vote.
Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement that the actions taken by Texas officials should be a “national scandal” and that the organization would continue fighting back against attempts to restrict women’s reproductive health care.
Most people would consider it unusual to pick a corrections facility if they were in the market for a breast exam. But that’s exactly what is suggested by a new website launched last month by 17 of the nation’s most prominent anti-choice groups.
Texas Health and Human Services Commission Inspector General Stuart Bowen issued a letter Monday to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, informing the organization that he was ending its participation in the state’s Medicaid program.
Monday’s order is the latest federal court ruling pushing back against GOP efforts to defund Planned Parenthood facilities in the wake of this summer’s release of heavily edited videos alleging Planned Parenthood violated federal law by selling fetal tissue.
In an effort to pull the rug out from under the most recent attacks by the anti-choice movement, Planned Parenthood decided this week to forgo reimbursement for fetal tissue donation, while still offering this option to its patients. Some worry that this action may make matters worse in the long term.
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.