UPDATE: Gov. Asa Hutchinson has directed the Department of Human Services to terminate Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood. “Termination will be effective 30 days from the date of the letter attached,” Hutchinson said in statement. The feds have recently told two other states that this maneuver violates federal law.
Hutchinson released the following statement:
It is apparent that after the recent revelations on the actions of Planned Parenthood, that this organization does not represent the values of the people of our state and Arkansas is better served by terminating any and all existing contracts with them. This includes their affiliated organization, Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma.
I appreciate the legislature’s leadership on this important issue, especially that of Senator Eddie Joe Williams and Representative David Meeks.
Here the letter that DHS sent, on the governor’s order, to Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, terminating their Medicaid contract, effective 30 days from today.
Here’s guidance from the federal Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) on this topic. Crystal clear:
Medicaid programs may not exclude qualified health care providers—whether an individual provider, a physician group, an outpatient clinic, or a hospital—from providing services under the program because they separately provide abortion services (not funded by federal Medicaid dollars, consistent with the federal prohibition) as part of their scope of practice.
DHS says otherwise. Statement from spokesperson DHS Amy Webb:
Based on the legal guidance from our counsel and a review of the contract, which allows either party to terminate for any reason with 30 days notice, we believe that we can terminate the provider agreement.
Here come the lawsuits.
Source: Arkansas Times | David Ramsey