- Associated Press - Sunday, August 30, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The federal government is warning state officials that Arkansas may have violated federal law by ending a contract with Planned Parenthood.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1NHjLGY ) a Center on Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Services official told the Arkansas Medicaid director and others in an Aug. 17 email that states have an “obligation to ensure beneficiaries have freedom of choice of provider.”

The email included a link to a federal advisory online that says in part that states can’t “exclude providers from the program solely on the basis of the range of medical services they provide.”

That includes abortion services, the advisory says.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson maintains Arkansas has the right to cancel a Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood of the Heartland as long as it provides 30-day notice.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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