“Planned Parenthood is not a ‘qualified’ provider under the Medicaid Act, and it should not receive public funding through the Medicaid program.”
The following Epoch Times article by journalist GQ Pan reported on a Texas court ruling against Planned Parenthood.
In her ruling on Wednesday, State District Judge Lora Livingston sided with state officials, who have been seeking to oust Planned Parenthood from Medicaid since 2015. The abortion provider sued the state last month, arguing that its health clinics were not properly notified about terminating the Medicaid agreement before their Medicaid funds were cut off.
Livingston, who granted last month a 14-day extension of Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid funding, wrote in her decision that since Planned Parenthood has already challenged its termination in a federal court, it’s not up to a state court to determine whether state officials didn’t followed the proper termination procedures.
In November, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court decision that had blocked Texas from removing Planned Parenthood in 2017, ruling that Medicaid beneficiaries don’t have the right to challenge how states determine which providers are qualified to receive the program’s funding.
“This decision is not made lightly,” Livingston wrote. “In the light of the ongoing public health crisis, the risks of the individual losing health care and medical attention requires increased attention and scrutiny.”
Planned Parenthood decried the decision, saying that thousands of low-income patients who use its clinics for services that are not related to abortion, such as STD testing and cancer screenings, will be forced to find new providers.