Attorney lauds changes to abortion proposal

An attorney for Planned Parenthood says she’s pleased to see changes the state has made to proposed regulations for abortion payment conditions.

Earlier this year, the state health department proposed that, for an abortion provider to be eligible for payment under Medicaid, the invoice must come with a certificate saying the procedure was medically necessary because the health of the woman was endangered by the pregnancy.

The regulations ultimately adopted by the department do not further define “medically necessary.” The regulations take effect next month.

Laura Einstein, an attorney for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, said the regulations are a significant improvement over what had been proposed.

She said doctors currently make decisions on what is medically necessary, and that won’t be affected.