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Official: DHS trying to fix errors in family planning list

The Iowa Department of Human Services is still trying to fix errors in its database of health care providers enrolled in a new state-funded family planning program. (MGN Online)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Human Services is still trying to fix errors in its database of health care providers enrolled in a new state-funded family planning program.

DHS Director Jerry Foxhoven told reporters Wednesday the agency continues to have problems with a list that's supposed to help the public find services. Among the issues are duplicate names.

Foxhoven added preliminary data indicates a drop in the number of people using family planning services under the state program, which went into effect last July. He cautioned some health care claims are still pending. He says DHS must better advertise the program.

The Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature passed legislation last spring giving up millions in federal dollars to create a state-funded family planning program that excludes abortion providers. No state or federal dollars pay for abortions in Iowa.

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