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Kansas Again Delays Medicaid Cutoff for Planned Parenthood

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The state of Kansas has for a second time delayed cutting off Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood and postponed its action against the women's health care provider until June 7. Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri spokeswoman Bonyen Lee-Gilmore said Wednesday that the state sought another extension to prepare for the first hearing in a federal lawsuit challenging the cutoff. She said the delays show there's no public health emergency. But Republican Governor Sam Brownback's spokeswoman, Eileen Hawley, said the delays give both sides adequate time to prepare their arguments and the judge time to review them. The state initially planned to cut off Medicaid funds on Tuesday and then delayed the action until May 24. A hearing on Planned Parenthood's request for a court order blocking the cutoff is scheduled for May 25.

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