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After Hearing Arguments, Future of Planned Parenthood in Texas Rests with Federal Judge

Dallas Morning News:

Texas officially ousted the organization from the state’s Medicaid program in 2021 after four years of trying and a subsequent legal battle.

Planned Parenthood continued to collect Medicaid payments from the state during legal appeals, $17 million the state says the health care group should now pay back, in addition to fines that far exceed the amount the state said Planned Parenthood owes in reimbursement funds. Planned Parenthood said the total judgment could be greater than $1 billion.

Now-suspended Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed the lawsuit last year under the False Claims Act, which establishes liability for health care fraud and allows fines for every incorrect payment.