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Planned Parenthood Extends Service for Medicaid Patients

Medicaid patients in Indiana will still be able to go to Planned Parenthood for at least a little while longer.

Planned Parenthood will extend service to its current Medicaid patients through at least May 21. A federal judge denied a temporary stay Wednesday of a law cutting all government funding to Planned Parenthood in Indiana.

The organization collected about $30 thousand since the General Assembly announced it would vote on defunding. Planned Parenthood of Indiana spokesperson Kate Shepherd said the majority of that money was from unsolicited donors. She said the clinics would like to offer covered services to all Medicaid patients, but had to limit it because of budgetary constraints.

“But at this point, we need to take care of the patients who have been coming to us for years, who are relying on us, who need their birth control pills every month, those types of things.”

Shepherd said Planned Parenthood will reevaluate the situation after the 21st to determine if services can be extended further. She said only one letter asking for donations has been sent so far, and there are no current plans to send another.

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