PHOENIX — Courting yet another lawsuit, the state Senate voted Tuesday to throw a new hurdle into the path of Planned Parenthood participating in the state Medicaid program.
HB 2599 allows the director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System to unilaterally exclude certain providers from participating in the program.
Some of these are technical, like submitting fraudulent claims. Others are more specific, like having been found liable for the neglect of a patient that results in death or injury.
But the key provision allows the AHCCCS chief, who is appointed by and answers to the governor, to eliminate any health care provider which does not segregate the money it spends on abortions, including any overhead expenses, from what it gets for providing covered Medicaid services.