JACKSON, Miss. — A federal judge appointed to the bench by then-President George W. Bush has ruled that Mississippi officials cannot cut Planned Parenthood from the state’s Medicaid program because the move violates the “free-choice-of-provider” clause in federal law.
“Essentially every court to consider similar laws has found that they violate § 1396a(a)(23) of Title 42 of the United States Code, the so-called ‘Free Choice-of-Provider Provision,’” U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan III wrote in his brief two-page order on Thursday.
“It is hereby ordered, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 57, that Plaintiffs’ Motion for a Declaratory Judgment finding Mississippi Code section 43-13-117.4 void is granted,” he declared.
Written by Heather Clark
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