Friday, December 29, 2017

Court Dismisses Challenge To Illinois Law Allowing Medicaid Payments For Abortions

As previously reported, in a suit filed earlier this month plaintiffs challenged HB 40 which eliminates the prior ban on coverage for abortions by the state employees' insurance program and by the state's Medicaid program.  The complaint alleged that funds cannot be expended on abortions because no appropriation has been made, and challenges the effective date of the law.  The Chicago Tribune reports that yesterday state court judge Jennifer Ascher dismissed the challenge, holding that questions such as a law's effective date and whether there is an appropriation are "political questions" which courts cannot decide. Plaintiffs say they will appeal.