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Oklahoma health agency ends contracts with Planned Parenthood

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Health Care Authority says it is ending its contracts with two Planned Parenthood organizations that provide health care services to low-income women and families in the state.

OHCA Chief Executive Officer Nico Gomez confirmed in a statement Wednesday the contracts will be terminated effective June 29.

Gomez says the agency in February notified Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma and Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma of its intent to terminate the provider agreements.

The Health Care Authority says the intent to terminate was made “without cause” under the parties’ agreements.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin last year urged Gomez to cancel contracts with the two affiliates, citing what called a “high rate” of billing errors.

The agency hasn’t responded to The Associated Press’ request for billing-error data.