Amicus Brief: PPSA v. Baker, 4th Cir., No. 18-2133
In January 2019, NAPAWF, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda filed an amicus brief in support of plaintiff Planned Parenthood of South Atlantic's challenge to its disqualification as a Medicaid provider in the state of South Carolina. The state of South Carolina is arguing on appeal that Medicaid beneficiaries do not have a private right of action, or the right to sue to enforce the the free choice of provider provision of the federal Medicaid statute. The brief explains the harm to women of color, who make up a disproportionate number of Medicaid beneficiaries, that would result from South Carolina's actions, the particular importance of the right to choose one's medical provider, particularly one's reproductive health care provider, for women of color, and the vital importance of the private right of action enforcement mechanism for Medicaid beneficiaries, particularly women of color.