Planned Parenthood Would Lose Millions In Payments Under GOP Health Plan

Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, says the health care provider takes in about $400 million per year in reimbursements under Medicaid and other federal programs.

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The proposed American Health Care Act targets the health provider Planned Parenthood with a set of proposed limits on Medicaid payments to the organization.

Monday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office confirmed the magnitude of those limits. The CBO found the Republican plan would reduce overall federal spending on reproductive care for women by $178 million in 2017. In all, it would block about $400 million in Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood each year, according to Jacqueline Ayers, the director of legislative affairs for the organization.

“The vast majority of our patients are on some kind of federal program,” Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, told NPR’s Ari Shapiro on Tuesday.

In all, she said, about 1.6 million patients receive health care from the organization each year through federal programs such as Medicaid.

“Planned Parenthood operates just like every other health care provider in this country that provides abortion services. We get reimbursed for preventive care,” she explained.

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