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Texas To Planned Parenthood: 'Final Notice' Of Medicaid Funding Cut

Planned Parenthood will have to explain a debunked video or lose Medicaid funding in Texas.
Posted at 9:12 PM, Dec 21, 2016

Texas is going to end Planned Parenthood's Medicaid funding. 

An official letter to the organization gave it 15 days to request an administrative hearing with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, according to The Texas Tribune

If Planned Parenthood doesn't, the state will cut off the $3.1 million in Medicaid funds.

The letter points to a video that shows a Planned Parenthood worker talking about selling fetal tissue as evidence "that Planned Parenthood violated state and federal law."

A Texas grand jury found the claims of illegal activity raised by that video were groundless. It did, however, indict the two anti-abortion activists who made the video for tampering with federal records.

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This isn't the first time Texas — or other conservative states — has tried to block Medicaid support for Planned Parenthood. 

Federal judges have found that similar attempts to block funding for Planned Parenthood in IndianaArkansas and Mississippi violated Medicaid's patient protection statute. 

A Planned Parenthood official told The Texas Tribune it will double down on an existing lawsuit fighting the funding cut and will continue to serve Medicaid patients.