Defunding of Indiana Planned Parenthood Said to Be Illegal

By Scott Sarvay

June 1, 2011 Updated Jun 1, 2011 at 5:03 PM EST

INDIANA/ WASHINGTON (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The Health and Human Services Department says that Indiana’s Medicaid plan which bans funding to Planned Parenthood, is illegal and must be changed.

A letter sent to Indiana’s Medicaid director says Indiana’s plan will improperly bar Medicaid beneficiaries from receiving services.

Director Donald Berwick writes that federal law requires Medicaid beneficiaries to be able to obtain services from any provider qualified to provide services.

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