(Washington, D.C.) – Indiana’s law stripping Medicaid funding from Planned Parenthood has been ruled illegal by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana issued a statement calling it "incredibly gratifying to have the federal government confirm" that the state violated federal Medicaid rules.
President and CEO Betty Cockrum said the denial of Medicaid money is preventing some of their patients from receiving long-term contraceptives and could cause 9,300 patients to lose birth control, STD testing and their preferred provider for Pap tests.
The law’s author, Rep. Eric Turner (R-Cicero), was not happy with the HHS’ determination.
“We believe we represented the public’s opinion on this and we’ll see what happens. I am disappointed. It’s another example of the federal government trying to tell states what to do. I think states are very capable of deciding their own fate and running their own ship,” Turner told the Indianapolis Star.
The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration says it will continue to follow the state law while seeking guidance from Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.
The controversial law took effect May 10, immediately after it was passed by the Indiana General Assembly and signed by Governor Mitch Daniels. It cut $1.3 million in annual funding to Planned Parenthood of Indiana.
Planned Parenthood is also challenging the law’s constitutionality in court.