Louisiana, Alabama Told Planned Parenthood Actions May Violate Federal Law

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Federal health officials have warned Louisiana and Alabama that they may be violating federal law by ending state Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood.

         Kevin Griffis, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said Thursday that the federal Medicaid agency notified the states of the possible violation.

         Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, running for president, announced on Aug. 3 that his administration was ending provider agreements that reimbursed Planned Parenthood for providing health services to low-income Medicaid patients.

         Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley followed with a similar announcement three days later.

         The governors cited secretly recorded videos released by an anti-abortion group showing Planned Parenthood officials describing how they provide aborted fetus tissue for medical research.

         HHS spoke to Medicaid agency officials in both states shortly after each announcement.

         – by AP Reporter Melinda Deslatte




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