posted on Jun, 6 2011 @ 12:23 AM
Abortion showdown could cost
Indiana $4.3 billion
The federal Medicaid statute also gives HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius latitude to withhold only a portion of Indiana's Medicaid dollars, cushioning
Senate Appropriations Chairman Sen. Luke Kenley, a Republican who supported the Planned Parenthood ban, said the state should seek some deal to keep
people from losing their coverage.
"If the state can't reach an agreement with the federal government, then the state should back off in the face of losing all its Medicaid funding,"
Kansas state lawmakers approved a budget earlier this month that restricts funding for Planned Parenthood. North Carolina lawmakers also are expected
to block funds for the group.
HHS issued a warning letter to all 50 states this week, effectively firing a "shot across the bow" of others considering similar actions, said Betty
Cockrum, president of Planned Parenthood of Indiana.