The Department of Health and Human Services announced on Thursday that it is giving grants totaling $655,192 to Planned Parenthood clinics in Iowa, Arkansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Montana and New Hampshire.
Those clinics are among the 105 organizations that applied for "Navigator" grants to help people sign up for health insurance. HHS is spending a total of $67 million overall on the sign-up effort.
According to HHS, "Navigators are trained to provide unbiased information in a culturally competent manner to consumers about health insurance, the new Health Insurance Marketplaces, qualified health plans, and public programs including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program."
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland in Iowa, which operates clinics in Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma, will receive $214,427. Intermountain Planned Parenthood or Planned Parenthood of Montana is getting $295,604. And Planned Parenthood of Northern New England will receive $145,161 to provide navigators to “assist patients and other consumers” in five counties in New Hampshire.
All of those clinics provide abortions, according to their websites.
Speaking at a Planned Parenthood conference in April, President Obama thanked the group for supporting the Affordable Care Act:
"Now, I know how hard you worked to help us pass health care reform. You and your supporters got out there -- you organized; you mobilized; you made your voices heard. It made all the difference. But here’s the thing -- if Americans don’t know how to access the new benefits and protections that they’re going to receive as we implement this law, then health care reform won’t make much of a difference in their lives.
"So I’m here to also ask for your help, because we need to get the word out. We need you to tell your patients, your friends, your neighbors, your family members what the health care law means for them. Make sure they know that if they don’t have health insurance, they’ll be able to sign up for quality, affordable insurance starting this fall in an online marketplace where private insurers will compete for their business. Make sure that they know that there are plans out there right now that cover the cost of contraceptive and preventive care free of charge."
As CNSNews.com previously reported, Planned Parenthood Federation of America's annual report for 2011-2012 says that its affiliated clinics performed 333,964 abortions in fiscal 2011, which works out to an average of one abortion every 94 seconds.
Over two years, Planned Parenthood says, it has aborted 663,409 babies.
The 2011-2012 report states that Planned Parenthood received $542.4 million in “government health services grants and reimbursements,” including “payments from Medicaid managed care plans.”