Mary Fallin

Judge: Kansas can't cut Planned Parenthood's Medicaid money

Kansas cannot cut off Medicaid funding for two Planned Parenthood affiliates, a federal judge said Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson in Kansas City, Kansas, issued the temporary ruling in a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri and the organization's St. Louis regional affiliate.

Robinson wrote that Medicaid patients have "the explicit right to seek family planning services from the qualified provider of their choice."

The court also noted that Planned Parenthood is likely to succeed on their claim that the state violated a free-choice provider provision in the Medicaid Act.

The Kansas Department of Health and...