Ind. Planned Parenthood extends imperiled services

AP News
Posted: May 13, 2011 11:28 AM
Ind. Planned Parenthood extends imperiled services

Planned Parenthood of Indiana says it will cover the health care costs of current Medicaid patients for at least another week after losing much of its public funding under a new state law.

The reproductive health care organization said Friday that donations will allow it to extend care through at least May 21.

Spokeswoman Kate Shepherd says it's received donations from at least 36 states since April 26. That was the day before the Legislature passed a law to withhold the Medicaid funding.

A federal judge refused this week to temporarily block the law while Planned Parenthood fights it.

Planned Parenthood says it serves about 9,300 Medicaid patients at its 28 Indiana clinics. It's not accepting new Medicaid patients while the court battle continues and is delaying some services.