By Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Planned Parenthood lobbyist says Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s move to deny Medicaid funds to the group will cost it $61,000 a year.

The Republican governor announced Tuesday evening that he’s directed the state health department’s secretary to prevent Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri from receiving any Medicaid funds.

Medicaid provides health coverage for the needy and disabled and reimburses health care providers for their care.

Planned Parenthood lobbyist Elise Higgins called Brownback’s announcement an attempt to divert attention from his policy failures. She said women will be hurt by what she called the governor’s scapegoating.

Brownback announced the move in his annual State of the State address and said the state must continue to protect innocent life. He’s signed numerous anti-abortion measures since taking office in 2011.

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