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Planned Parenthood removed from Medicaid in Texas

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October 19, 2015 | 2,034 views | 3 comments

Texas Health and Human Services Commission removes Planned Parenthood from Medicaid, citing evidence from undercover videos and Medicaid fraud.

Austin --: Texas officials have moved to cut Planned Parenthood from Medicaid programs entirely. The decision comes after months of ongoing investigation following the release of undercover video footage by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) that documented abortion clinic executives and workers. The videos show evidence of abortionists manipulating abortion procedures in order to maximize the sale of aborted fetal tissue plus violations of medical sanitation policies and laws. One of the videos released in early August was filmed in the Houston Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast location.

Today, Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas received a letter from Inspector General Stuart Bowen announcing termination of Medicaid contracts. The letter from the state Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) states in part: “Earlier this year, you committed and condoned numerous acts of misconduct captured on video that reveal repeated program violations and breach the minimum standards of care required of a Medicaid enrollee.” Three separate investigations of Texas Planned Parenthoods were launched by HHSC: one called for by Governor Greg Abbott; another called for by the Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton; and the third called for by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick through the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services.

The letter also cites evidence of Medicaid fraud at Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas. The inspector general refers to “reliable information indicating a pattern of illegal billing practices by Planned Parenthood affiliates.” Several Planned Parenthood locations were caught and charged for fraudulent billing of Medicaid services in recent years, forcing the abortion giant into several penalties and settlements.

The Medicaid contract termination letter sent by HHSC to Texas Planned Parenthood affiliates this morning outlines an appeals process that the abortion business will most likely exhaust, such as they have done in the Louisiana courts and the courts in other states where their funding is in jeopardy.

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New Guy  
Wilson County  
January 25 at 9:40pm
I guess Planned Parenthood is back now that the grand jury indicts Planned Parenthood foes. Time for a whole bunch of people to eat crow.

New Guy  
Wilson County  
October 20, 2015 10:59am
Again, a waste of tax payer's money. The Federal Courts have ruled against States removing Medicaid coverage. U.S. District Judge Kristine G. Baker found that Planned Parenthood was likely to succeed in its legal challenge,... More ›

Elaine K.  
October 20, 2015 10:38am
Governor Greg Abbott discusses the Planned Parenthood issue. In addition to detailing Planned Parenthood's numerous state and federal legal violations, Governor Abbott affirmed Texas' commitment to providing safe healthcare... More ›

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