WH Vows to Block Indiana Planned Parenthood Law
Medicaid recipients have right to choose providers: White House
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 23, 2011 9:59 AM CDT
Supporters applaud comments by Planned Parenthood of Indiana Board Chairman Deborah J. Simon at the organization's Rally to Protect our Patients at the Indiana Statehouse on March 8, 2011.   (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Charlie Nye)

(Newser) – Indiana’s new law that strips Planned Parenthood of Medicaid funds took effect on May 10—but it's subject to federal review, and the White House says it won’t approve the measure. The Obama administration, which says the law denies Medicaid recipients’ right to choose healthcare providers, has 90 days to act, and federal officials can opt to withhold the state’s Medicaid funding if it feels its program doesn't comply with federal law, the New York Times reports. But such a move would ultimately harm those who the federal government wants to care for.

Medicaid officials say they are “reviewing” the situation and similar ones in other states. “Medicaid does not allow states to stop beneficiaries from getting care they need—like cancer screenings and preventive care—because their provider offers certain other services,” they note. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and two patients are suing over “a blatant violation of the 'freedom of choice’ provision.'" A federal court will hear the case in two weeks.

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Swen.Ardere
May 26, 2011 2:20 AM CDT
What would Jesus say about this? http://whitenoiseinsanity.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/christmiddlefingerebaumsworldphoto.jpg
winterfairy
May 24, 2011 12:54 AM CDT
As I have said repeatedly that gets lost in all the yelling about "women's health" is that nobody is denied health care in Indiana. They have one of the best networks in the USA without getting much credit for it. PP is not needed and is in fact redundant. PP basically funnels tax money to Democratic Candidates and has for decades. That will now end and not one woman, man or child will suffer because of it. Even the group bringing the law suit is saying its about "choice" and not availability. They are at least honest about it.
winterfairy
May 24, 2011 12:37 AM CDT
yea Obama go on right ahead. hhahaaaa lets see who blinks. You have no clue who you are dealing with. Go for it. I double dog dare ya.