Kansas drops Planned Parenthood providers from funds cutoff

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas is abandoning a plan to block 11 people who have provided services such as cancer screenings to Planned Parenthood from continued participation in its Medicaid program, though it still will press to cut those funds from the organization’s affiliates.

A lawyer for the state announced the move in a letter filed Monday with a Kansas City, Kansas federal judge weighing a request by two Planned Parenthood affiliates to block Kansas’ plans to halt Medicaid reimbursements. That cutoff could come as early as July 7.

Arguments over the lawsuit by the providers, and Planned Parenthood affiliates for Kansas and Mid-Missouri as well as another for the St. Louis region were heard last week.

Federal courts have blocked attempts to cut off Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood in other states.