Planned Parenthood: If We’re Inspected for Medicaid Fraud, We’ll Have to Close Clinics

State   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Dec 3, 2014   |   6:45PM   |   Madison, WI

According to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, auditors in their state aren’t really concerned about preventing fraud; instead they are playing politics with women’s health.

Last month, two family planning clinics said their businesses would be at “serious financial risk” if state auditors stood firm on allegations that they overbilled the tax-payer funded Medicaid program by $3.5 million. The states investigation found that the clinics used taxpayer money for services other than contraception drugs.

plannedparenthood138And even though Planned Parenthood wasn’t accused, after the allegation the abortion business commented and said that if their clinics were audited they would most likely close. They also said they were concerned that “family planning” clinics were being targeted for political reasons.

Specifically, Planned Parenthood accused pro-life Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker and his administration for the “incorrect” allegations because of their so-called crusade against birth control. However, the Department of Health Services defended their findings.

The Wisconsin Watch shares more:

Department of Health Services Inspector General Alan White defended his auditors’ choice of targets and their findings. The drug billing program at issue is about $110 million a year of the $7 billion Medicaid budget.

This administration, this agency has put a great deal of effort into improving program integrity, and (auditors) take it very seriously,” White said. “And protecting the taxpayers of Wisconsin is their predominant responsibility.”

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In preliminary findings issued to the nonprofits in August, Office of Inspector General auditors wrote that Family Planning Health Services Inc. overbilled Medicaid by $2.3 million, and NEWCAP Inc. by $1.2 million, from 2010 to 2011.”

It’s very interesting that without even being accused Planned Parenthood is panicked about audits taking place in their state. Honestly, the abortion business should be investigated because they’ve been caught participating in illegal activity in the past.

For example, in 2012 Karen Reynolds who worked as a “health care assistant” at a Texas Planned Parenthood, filled a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that the abortion business engaged in fraudulently overbilling Medicaid, Title XX, and the Women’s Health Program of tens of millions of dollars over the course of at least a decade.As a result, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast had to pay a total of $4.3 million in reimbursements to Medicaid after the state found them guilty.

Reynolds also claimed that supervisors trained employees to illegally bill government agencies for medical and family planning services as well as abortion related services.

Thankfully, as LifeNews previously reported, earlier this year Gov. Walker eliminated funding for Planned Parenthood, which caused five abortion facilities in the state to shut down. Additionally, the pro-life Governor was re-elected in November and his administration is honing in on eliminating waste, fraud and abuse, which is why the abortion company should be concerned.