By HENRY C. JACKSON, Associated Press – 40 minutes ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Health and Human Services Department is telling the state of Indiana that its Medicaid plan, which bans funding to Planned Parenthood, is illegal and must be changed.
In a letter sent to Indiana’s Medicaid director, and obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday, Medicaid Administrator Donald M. Berwick says Indiana’s plan will improperly bar Medicaid beneficiaries from receiving services. Berwick writes that federal law requires Medicaid beneficiaries to be able to obtain services from any provider qualified to provide services.
The notification comes after Indiana passed a law banning federal funding to Planned Parenthood, and as other states consider similar bans. Indiana can change its plan to conform with federal law, or the state could face penalties.
Here’s the NC budget provison from H200:
44 PROHIBIT USE OF ALL FUNDS FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD 45 ORGANIZATIONS 46 SECTION 10.19. For fiscal years 2011-2012 and 2012-2013, the Department of 47 Health and Human Services may not provide State funds or other funds administered by the 48 Department for contracts or grants to Planned Parenthood, Inc., and affiliated organizations.