Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels (R) recently that would prevent any clinics that also provide abortions from receiving Medicaid funds for non-abortion services such as family planning.
In response, the federal Department of Health and Human Services stating that “Medicaid programs may not exclude qualified health care providers from providing services that are funded under the program because of a provider’s scope of practice.” In other words, states can’t refuse to let a clinic take Medicaid money for birth control and cancer screenings just because they also provide abortions – the law is intended to give patients a free choice of providers.
A U.S. district judge will on possibly halting enforcement of the law.
There is a nice summary of the arguments in the , along with a link to a that provides additional background and criticism of this and related efforts. The case may have implications in other states where similar “defund Planned Parenthood” measures are being debated.