Medicaid official rules against Ind. abortion law
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By CHARLES WILSON
(AP) - A federal hearing officer says Indiana's decision to deny Planned Parenthood Medicaid funds because it performs abortions denies women the freedom to choose their health care providers.
The state had asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Chicago to reconsider its June 2011 ruling that found changes in Indiana's Medicaid plan unacceptable. But a hearing officer recommended a CMS administrator uphold that decision.
The changes to Indiana's Medicaid plan resulted from a 2011 law that would have made the state the first to deny the organization Medicaid funds for general health services, including cancer screenings. The law has been on hold while the dispute works its way through the courts.
The Indiana attorney general's office said it may contest the hearing officer's recommendation.