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Feds warn states against defunding Planned Parenthood
Modern Healthcare

The director of the federal Medicaid program published a broadside Tuesday over efforts in Arizona and other state legislatures to block funding for Planned Parenthood.

Vikki Wachino’s letter to state Medicaid agencies in all 50 states strongly reminded them that they cannot cut funding to medical providers just because they might also provide abortion services.

Wachino, director of the CMS, said the “free choice of provider” provision in federal Medicaid law bars such actions.