State drops bid to cut Planned Parenthood funding


State News

April 16, 2019 - 10:21 AM

Planned Parenthood Great Plains, based in Overland Park, sued to prevent the state from cutting off its Medicaid funding. KANSAS NEWS SERVICE FILE PHOTO/KCUR.ORG

Kansas has dropped its effort to terminate Planned Parenthood’s participation in Medicaid, ending a three-year-long court battle that the state lost at every turn.

The change in policy wasn’t announced publicly but rather came in the form of a joint stipulation to dismiss Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit challenging the state’s move.

The stipulation, which was filed in federal court on Friday, stated that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), which oversees the state Medicaid program, has notified Planned Parenthood of its decision to rescind the Medicaid terminations. The court approved the dismissal of the lawsuit on Monday morning.

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