Assembly OKs bill cutting Planned Parenthood reimbursement

MADISON — The Wisconsin 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.