State Actions with Medicaid May Violate Federal Law
Federal health officials have warned Louisiana and Alabama 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 today that the federal Medicaid agency notified the states of the possible violation. Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby Jindal, who is running for president, announced on August 3 his administration was ending provider agreements that reimbursed Planned Parenthood for providing health services to Medicaid patients. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley followed with a similar announcement three days later. The governors cited undercover videos released by an anti-abortion group showing Planned Parenthood officials describing how they provide aborted fetus tissue for medical research. They're the only two states to take such action in their Medicaid programs since the videos were released.