The dispute does not imply abortion, but a legal dispute over whether states can prevent Medicaid patients from accessing other medical services.
WASHINGTON – On Monday, the US Supreme Court UU He triumphed in the legal battle with the state government over the exposure of Medicaid patients to group services, and the subordinate courts in the family planning period were unsuccessful.
The controversy did not involve abortion, but the judge’s actions meant that a hot political issue was no longer criticized. Three conservatives in court said the court should take the case.
After an anti-abortion organization released a video in 2015, it was alleged that officials who showed family planning talked about the sale of fetal organizations, and several states immediately terminated Medicaid provider agreements with affiliates of the organization. The video is widely discredited, but the affected countries said they considered the accusations disturbing.
Medicaid patients in Kansas and Louisiana, two of whom took action against family planning, claim that these states violated Medicaid requirements, that is, patients should be free to seek advice from any qualified and voluntary provider. Health care They sued and reduced the federal courts in their favor, entering into the prohibition and demanding that these states lift their prohibition.
By refusing to take the state government’s appeal, the Supreme Court action on Monday allowed those lower courts to win the Medicaid patient.
Planned Parenthood provides vaccinations for Medicaid patients, health screenings, cervical and breast cancer screening, contraceptive services and pregnancy tests. However, abortion is not provided because federal funds can not pay for abortion rates other than rape, incest or life. A branch in Kansas says it provides “basic medical services” to hundreds of low-income people in Kansas each year.
The states believe that the Medicaid Law does not give individual patients the right to sue when the health care provider is excluded. They say that if a country behaves badly, the law only provides one remedy: the federal government can stop state Medicaid funds. “Allowing private police to undermine the careful balance established between Congress and federal agencies,” a Louisiana attorney told the court.
Judges Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch stated that the court should accept the appeal because it is an important issue for Medicaid beneficiaries who must sue.
“These cases have nothing to do with abortion rights,” wrote Thomas. “So, what is the reason for the refusal of the court to work here? I suspect that this is related to the fact that some of the respondents in these cases are called ‘family planning’.”
He said: “A subtle connection with politically controversial issues can not be a reason to abandon our judicial duties.”
States believe that more than 70 million people participate in Medicaid programs, which allows individual processes to overwhelm the system and interfere with national systems to evaluate health care providers.
Planned Parenthood urged the court not to accept state appeals, arguing that the lower court’s decision involved a preliminary injunction in lieu of a final decision on the case.