Medicaid Patients Again Allowed To Use Planned Parenthood

By Eric Dutkiewicz

Medicaid Patients Again Allowed To Use Planned Parenthood

July 30, 2013 Updated Jul 30, 2013 at 9:14 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (www.incnow.tv) - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Medicaid patients in Indiana and Kentucky are permitted to use Planned Parenthood as a health care provider.

U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt made permanent her preliminary injunction on a 2011 state law that prevented Medicaid patients from access to Planned Parenthood's health services.

"We are incredibly grateful for the work of the ACLU of Indiana and PPFA in ensuring that our patients' access to lifesaving, preventive care such as Pap tests, breast and testicular exams, birth control and STD testing and treatment is now protected, " Betty Cockrum, president & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana & Kentucky, said in a statement.

In October of 2012, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the injunction against the State of Indiana. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case in May.

On Monday, the State of Indiana and Planned Parenthood of Indiana & Kentucky reached an agreement that provisions in the 2011 state law that defunded Planned Parenthood violated Medicaid's "freedom of choice" policy.

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