Washington, Jan 7 (PTI) Planned Parenthood, the largest network of reproductive health clinics in the US, has asked a Texas court to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the state government that overpaid the organization more than $1,000 million in health subsidies it received since 2017. tries to do.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who filed the lawsuit, claims that Planned Parenthood lost the right to receive reimbursement from the public health network Medicare in 2017 and, therefore, must return all money it has received from the government since then.
The organization denies the allegations, assuring that it always complies with the law. “This lawsuit is a baseless and politically motivated attack on the vital services provided by Planned Parenthood and health centers,” the reproductive healthcare provider said in a statement Saturday.
The organization said services provided to patients through the Medicaid program, which provides affordable health insurance to low-income people, were approved “by 2021” by a federal court and then a Texas state court.
The legal battle between Planned Parenthood and the state of Texas over Medicaid reimbursement dates back to 2016, when Southern Gov. launched a campaign to block Planned Parenthood from being an accessible medical provider through public health.
A manipulated video that has already been flagged as false information suggesting that abortionists at the organization’s health centers sell fetal tissue was the spark that sparked the controversy .
In February 2021, Justice finally opted for the state’s position, removing Planned Parenthood from the list of providers who can receive Medicaid money to provide their services.
The Medicaid reimbursement money that the state of Texas is seeking from the organization in the lawsuit, which includes millions of dollars in various fees and penalties, is not for abortion services, which cannot be done with government funds.
Abortion has been banned in most cases in Texas since September, when the US Supreme Court overturned the “Roe v. Wade” decision, which protected pregnant people’s right of choice since 1973.