May 28, 2014 — Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri announced Friday that it will close its health center in Hays, Kan., to ensure a larger clinic in Wichita can remain open in light of a recent appeals court decision, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.
The court ruled that Kansas can block federal Title X family planning funding to the organization.
The Hays health center will see patients until June 26 and will close on June 30. The closure will leave the Ellis County area without a Title X provider.
In addition, PPKM said it would no longer be able to provide no-cost services or contraception to low-income residents at the Wichita center without the Title X funding. However, the organization said that private donations will allow it to continue offering low-cost health care.
According to the AP/Bee, court documents show that both clinics were operating at a loss before the state cut off the funding.
Last year, the centers provided care to more than 3,700 patients with the Title X funding. In total, the two clinics served more than 5,700 people.
PPKM Interim CEO Ron Ellifrits said in a statement that the organization is "still here for our patients, and we are fighting every day to maintain, restore, or expand access to health care in Kansas despite all [of] the obstacles in our path."
Meanwhile, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Friday that it is working to locate additional family planning services and evaluate other options as it moves toward awarding one-year contracts for Title X providers in the state (Hegeman, AP/Sacramento Bee, 5/23).