UPDATE: Gov. Walker signs bill cutting funding for Planned Parenthood

UPDATED Thursday, February 18, 2016---10:14 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Republican Gov. Scott Walker has signed legislation that would cut millions of taxpayer dollars for Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin.

Walker signed the two bills Thursday at Life's Connection, a clinic in Waukesha that counsels in abortion alternatives.

One bill restricts how much Planned Parenthood can be reimbursed for prescription drugs. The change is estimated to cost the agency about $4.5 million annually.

The other bill prevents the state from passing federal Title X grant money to any organization or affiliate that provides abortions. That could mean a loss of $3.5 million in federal dollars for Planned Parenthood.

Opponents of the legislation say it will restrict access to birth control because Planned Parenthood won't be able to afford to continue supplying it.

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UPDATED Thursday, February 18, 2016---9:17 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker plans to sign two bills that would cut millions of dollars from Planned Parenthood.

The governor plans to sign the measures Friday morning at Life's Connection, a pregnancy counseling office in Waukesha.

The first bill would require family planning clinics to bill Medicaid only for the actual acquisition costs and dispensing fees for birth control drugs. The change would cost Planned Parenthood about $4.5 million annually.

The second bill attempts to block Planned Parenthood from collecting federal Title X grant money. Currently Planned Parenthood is the only recipient of that grant money. Under the bill, the state could compete for the grants and could not distribute any of the money to abortion providers

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UPDATED Thursday, February 11, 2016---3:58 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly has approved a Republican bill that would cost Planned Parenthood millions of dollars.

The Assembly passed the bill 61-35 Thursday. The Senate passed the bill in January. Assembly approval would send it to Gov. Scott Walker.

The bill would require abortion providers to bill Medicaid only for the actual acquisition cost plus a dispensing fee for birth control drugs -- a change that would cost Planned Parenthood an estimated $4.5 million per year.

Democrats contend the bill unfairly targets Planned Parenthood and limits access to birth control. Republicans insist the bill will save taxpayers money.

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UPDATED Thursday, February 11, 2016---2:57 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly is set to consider a Republican bill that would cost Planned Parenthood millions of dollars.

The Assembly was set to take up the bill Thursday. The Senate passed the bill in January. Assembly approval would send it to Gov. Scott Walker.

The bill would require abortion providers to bill Medicaid only for the actual acquisition cost plus a dispensing fee for birth control drugs -- a change that would cost Planned Parenthood an estimated $4.5 million per year.

Democrats contend the bill unfairly targets Planned Parenthood and limits access to birth control.

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UPDATED: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 --- 4:49 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate has approved a bill that would cost Planned Parenthood millions of dollars in Medicaid reimbursement.

The Senate passed the Republican measure 18-14 on Wednesday. It goes next to the Assembly.

The bill would require abortion providers to bill Medicaid only for the actual acquisition cost plus a dispensing fee for birth control drugs -- a change that would cost Planned Parenthood an estimated $4.5 million per year.

Minority Democrats complained the bill unfairly targets Planned Parenthood and limits access to birth control.

Pro-Life Wisconsin, Wisconsin Family Action and Wisconsin Right to Life are the only groups registered in support of the bill. Eight organizations, including the Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health, Inc., and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, have registered against it.

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UPDATED Wednesday, January 20, 2016---12:26 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate is set to vote on a pair of bills that would strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding and raise the organization's Medicaid expenses.

One bill would require the state to apply for $3.5 million in federal Title X grant money, which currently all goes to Planned Parenthood. The measure would forbid abortion providers from getting any of that money and instead give it to health departments and the state's Well Woman program.

Approval would send the bill on to Gov. Scott Walker. The Assembly passed the measure in September.

The other bill would cost Planned Parenthood about $4 million annually by raising the cost of birth control drugs it receives through Medicaid.

The Senate was set to vote on the bills during a Wednesday floor session.

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UPDATED Tuesday, October 13, 2015---3:00 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate's health committee has approved a pair of bills that would strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding and raise its Medicaid expenses.

One measure would require the state to apply for $3.5 million in federal Title X grant money, which currently all goes to Planned Parenthood. The bill would forbid abortion providers from getting any of that money and instead give it to health departments and the state's Well Woman program, which provides breast and cervical cancer screenings. The bill passed the full state Assembly in September.

The other proposal would cost Planned Parenthood about $4 million annually by raising the cost of birth control drugs it receives through Medicaid.

The committee approved both bills on 3-2 party line votes Tuesday, clearing the way for Senate floor votes.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 ---

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate's health committee is expected to vote on a pair of bills that would strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding and raise its Medicaid expenses.

One measure would require the state to apply for $3.5 million in federal Title X grant money, which currently all goes to Planned Parenthood. The bill would forbid abortion providers from getting any of that money and instead give it to the state's Well Woman program that provides breast and cervical cancer screenings. The bill passed the full state Assembly in September.

The other proposal would cost Planned Parenthood about $4 million annually by raising the cost of birth control drugs it receives through Medicaid.

The Senate committee is expected to take up both bills during a hearing Tuesday in the state Capitol.

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UPDATED: Thursday, September 24, 2015 -- 5:03 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Assembly has passed a bill that would take $3.5 million a year in federal grant money away from Planned Parenthood.

The Republican-controlled Assembly passed the measure 60-35 Thursday with no Democratic support. It now heads to the Senate. Gov. Scott Walker has said he supports it.

The bill would bar any organization that provides abortion to qualify for federal Title X grant money. Planned Parenthood is currently the only recipient of the money.

Supporters of the ban say an abortion provider should not get the money, even though federal law does not allow any of it going toward abortions.

Democratic opponents argue the change will result in fewer women having access to birth control and wellness screenings.

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UPDATED Thursday, September 24, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin would no longer be eligible for about $3.5 million a year in federal funding under a bill before the state Assembly.

The measure up for a vote Thursday seeks to have the state take control of the federal Title X money that currently all goes to Planned Parenthood.

Republican backers say the money should not go to the abortion provider, even though none of the money is allowed to be spent on abortions. Federal law requires it go for family planning and contraceptives and screening for breast and cervical cancer and sexually transmitted diseases.

The bill requires the federal money go first to the state's Well-Woman Program which provides breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings for women between the ages of 45 and 64.

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UPDATED Tuesday, September 22, 2015---3:39 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Assembly plans to vote Thursday on a bill that would take away from than $3 million in federal grant money that Planned Parenthood receives each year.

The Assembly's Rules Committee on Tuesday approved placing the bill on the agenda for a vote Thursday.

Another measure that would make it a felony to do research on tissue obtained from aborted fetuses was not scheduled for a vote. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says there are not enough votes to pass the measure in its current form.

The bill that will be debated Thursday would require the state to apply for federal Title X money that currently goes only to Planned Parenthood. It would also prohibit any of the federal grant money going to abortion providers.

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UPDATED Tuesday, September 15, 2015---12:41 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A proposal that attempts to prevent Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin from qualifying for federal grant money has cleared a committee and could be debated by the full Wisconsin state Assembly as soon as next week.

The Assembly Health Committee on Tuesday voted 7-4 to pass the proposal, with all Republicans in support and Democrats against.

The panel also passed another measure along party lines that would cost Planned Parenthood about $4 million a year by raising the cost of birth control drugs it receives through Medicaid.

Democrats argue the bills will reduce access to health care services, making it more difficult for low-income men and women to get family planning care.

But Republican supporters say other entities that don't provide abortions will offer health care services.

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UPDATED Tuesday, September 15, 2015---11:22 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A proposal that attempts to prevent Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin from qualifying for federal grant money has cleared a committee and could be debated by the full Wisconsin state Assembly as soon as next week.

The Assembly Health Committee on Tuesday voted 7-4 to pass the bill, with all Republicans in support and Democrats against.

The bill would require the state to apply for Title X federal grant money and not allow for any of the money to go to any entity that provides abortions.

Planned Parenthood currently receives about $3.5 million from the grant each year to pay for family planning services for low-income men and women.

Democratic opponents say the change will reduce access to health care services, while Republican backers say other entities will provide the services.

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UPDATED Wednesday, September 2, 2015---9:31 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- About $7.5 million in federal funding for Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin would be cut off under a pair of Republican-backed bills being considered by a state Assembly Committee.

The Assembly's Health Committee held a hearing Wednesday on the measures.

Supporters defend the proposals as reasonable steps to take to prevent taxpayer money going toward a group that provides abortions.

But opponents say cutting off the federal funding will adversely affect women's health services, like cancer screenings and wellness checks, that Planned Parenthood also provides.

Both bills are expected to be debated by the full Assembly later this fall. It's less clear whether there is support for the measures in the Senate.

Gov. Scott Walker has said he supports cutting off federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

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Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Republican bill to block federal money from going to Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin is up for a public hearing.

The Assembly Health Committee was scheduled to hear the measure on Wednesday, along with another bill that would restrict how much Planned Parenthood can be reimbursed for prescription drugs from the federal government.

Both are sponsored by abortion opponent Rep. Andre Jacque, of De Pere. He is also sponsoring another measure to ban the use of aborted fetal tissue in research at the University of Wisconsin.

Gov. Scott Walker has said he supports blocking federal money from going to Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin.

Both bills combined would block about $7.5 million in federal funding going to Planned Parenthood each year.

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