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Medicaid patients will no longer be able to receive services at Planned Parenthood clinics in Indiana.
After the state cut off public funds to Planned Parenthood, including Medicaid reimbursements, in May, the organization was able to extend service to Medicaid patients by using donations, which ended up totaling over $100,000. But those funds ran out on June 20. Starting June 21, Medicaid patients will either have to pay out of pocket or lose Planned Parenthood’s services.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana President Betty Cockrum said it now becomes much more difficult for those 9,300 people to find the services they’re used to getting. “Does it have to be Planned Parenthood of Indiana, across the board? No. But there are areas that are clearly already underserved, and does that become more true?”
In order to keep the business running while waiting for a federal judge to rule on the lawsuit that’s challenging the defunding law, Planned Parenthood will close down all but one of its clinics for a single day, June 22, putting its employees on a furlough. The one remaining clinic will be closed the following day.
Two Disease Intervention Specialists who had been working out of Muncie have been laid off. Cockrum said she hopes to hire them back if the judge rules in Planned Parenthood’s favor.