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… federal Medicaid money that the state was getting was already prevented by law from being used for elective abortion services, but state Republicans are upset that the federal government will not allow them to summarily ban Planned Parenthood from providing Medicaid services regardless. So the lawmakers are now saying they simply won’t take that federal Medicaid money at all. They’ll take that money from state coffers instead, allowing them to block Planned Parenthood from providing any services to patients. Those 7,000 or so patients will have to find other providers, it’s likely that at least some of them won’t be able to find clinics offering similar services nearby, and the state will pick up the $8.3 million tab for the pleasure of causing that damage.

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