Ariz. Can Bar Medicaid For Abortion Providers, 9th Circ. Told

Law360, San Francisco (June 12, 2013, 6:09 PM EDT) -- The Medicaid Act allows states to block Planned Parenthood Arizona Inc. and other health care providers who perform elective abortions from receiving Medicaid funds, Arizona's attorneys argued Wednesday, urging the Ninth Circuit to reinstate an Arizona law barring Medicaid payments to abortion providers.

Under intense and seemingly angry questioning from the appeals panel, Arizona's attorney argued that language in two sections of the Medicaid Act allow states to decide what kinds of providers are eligible to receive Medicaid funding.

“The state has true authority from even...
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