Under current law, state plans for medical assistance must allow any individual eligible for assistance through Medicaid to obtain services from any institution, agency, or person that is qualified to perform them.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
Committee on Finance
- senate Committees
- The house Passed September 29th, 2015Roll Call Vote 236 Yea / 193 Nay
Committee on Energy and CommerceHealthIntroducedSeptember 11th, 2015
- house Committees
What is House Bill H.R. 3495?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 3495
In-Depth: In the wake of the Planned Parenthood video controversy, there are five states that have revoked funding for its abortion business, while a sixth is considering doing the same. Planned Parenthood and the Obama administration have pushed back against these actions claiming that states
Of Note: While Planned Parenthood often finds itself in the news because of the abortion services they offer — abortions are just a fraction of what they do. From cancer screenings, to HIV tests, STI testing, to sex education, and family counseling, Planned Parenthood has a wide range of services.
In mid-July, 2015, undercover videos shot by the Center for Medical Progress
(CMP) were released, claiming to show Planned Parenthood officials
discussing the sale of the organs and tissue of aborted fetuses. CMP
claims that the:
"criminal conspiracy to make money off of aborted baby parts reaches to the very highest levels of their organization. Elected officials must listen to the public outcry for Planned Parenthood to be held accountable to the law and for our tax dollars to stop underwriting this barbaric abortion business.”
Planned Parenthood has countered that tissue donations for scientific research do happen, but that reimbursements are only for their expenses. From CNN:
"The group also says it helps people donate tissue "with full,
appropriate consent from patients and under the highest ethical and
legal standards," according to a statement from spokesman Eric Ferrero.
Later, Ferrero issued another statement saying:
"These outrageous claims are flat-out untrue, but that doesn't matter to politicians with a longstanding political agenda to ban abortion and defund Planned Parenthood. Women and families who make the decision to donate fetal tissue for lifesaving scientific research should be honored, not attacked and demeaned."
Media:Summary by Eric Revell
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