Planned Parenthood Offers Free Services to Medicaid Patients in Response to Budget Foreclosure
COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
Planned Parenthood said last week it still plans to care for patients in Missouri for the time being, despite a state budget that doesn’t reimburse the organization for Medicaid services.
“Something like this could affect access for people, and our role as public health in everything we do is always to improve access,” said Ashton Day of Boone and Columbia Health.
Planned Parenthood Great Plains and Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis and Southwest Missouri region sued the state Department of Social Services last week over an additional state budget that zeroed the organization’s Medicaid reimbursement.
Some of Planned Parenthood’s services provided through the state’s Medicaid program include birth control, cancer screening, STI testing and treatment, and other non-abortion treatments.
The lack of funding is part of an additional budget that will pay for Medicaid services through June. Planned Parenthood says budget violates constitution by not funding services
Missouri is the fourth state to recognize Planned Parenthood in this way, the organization says. But Day says there are other resources Missourians can seek to obtain similar services.
The Columbia Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services. Spectrum Health is another partner that we work with a lot when it comes to sexual health and our local hospitals/Boone Hospital,” Day said.
According to a Planned Parenthood report, 75% of Planned Parenthood patients have an income that is 150% or less of the federal poverty line, and approximately 60% of Planned Parenthood patients have access to Medicaid care.
In response, Kelli Jones, communications director for Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, said last week that the Missouri Assembly has constitutional powers to allocate funds and state agencies are bound by appropriation laws enacted by the General Assembly.
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