Guest by post by Bob Unruh
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took money when he was not a ‘qualified’ care provider
Planned Parenthood operations in Texas have already owed state and local governments tax money on at least two occasions for cashing checks for medical services that were accused of fraud.
But only a few lakhs of people were involved in those disputes.
Now a huge backlash has erupted because it allegedly took millions of dollars from taxpayers for services during a long period of years when it was not a “qualified” health care provider.
In fact, the fight could cost the leader of the abortion industry an estimated $1.8 billion bill, and The Washington Stand It is noting that the findings could be “devastating” for the abortion industry giant.
The previous case only involved $4.3 million that Planned Parenthood paid to Texas and federal authorities in 2013, the report said, after a whistleblower accused Planned Parenthood outlets of “defrauding Medicaid by filing fraudulent claims.” Memorandum was prepared.
Karen Reynolds — who worked for 10 years as an employee at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Lufkin, Texas — said local offices accused Medicaid of “billing for medical services not provided, billing for inappropriate medical services, Billing for services not covered by Medicaid, and paid for by Fabricating false information in medical records, which was important for billing for medical services,” the report pointed out.
Officials say Planned Parenthood settled the case without admitting guilt, even though then-US Attorney John Bales said it was abusing federal programs.
A second incident came to light around the same time, but it was settled out of court.
In the latest case, Texas is asking a federal judge to fine Planned Parenthood more than $1 billion for “filing thousands of fraudulent Medicaid claims over several years,” The Washington Stand reports.
“With interest, fines and penalties, Planned Parenthood warns that total fines could top $1.8 billion, which would have ‘devastating consequences’ for the abortion chain and potentially shut down its operations in the Lone Star State is,” the stand report said.
The problem developed because Texas began a process to “protect taxpayers from funding Planned Parenthood” in 2011.
Officials cut the state’s family planning budget and directed what was left over to community health centers. Then Barack Obama cut federal funding for the state’s women’s health program, and then-Gov. Rick Perry turned off federal funds and created the state’s own “Texas Women’s Health Program”.
Videos released by the Center for Medical Progress and head David Deliden at the time revealed “Planned Parenthood trafficking in aborted fetal organs.”
The state decertified Planned Parenthood as an official Medicaid provider, with Inspector General Stuart Bowen Jr. explaining to abortion providers, “The state has determined that you and your Planned Parenthood partners are now in a professionally competent safe Not able to provide medical services. , in a legal and ethical manner.
Planned Parenthood was notified in 2016 that removals would begin after the January 2017 deadline for appeals.
But, the Washington Stand reported, instead of appealing, Planned Parenthood filed suit and continued to collect payments until it ultimately lost in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
During that time period it billed and paid out $10 million to the state for claims that should never have been filed.
And now Texas wants the money back in a fight that amounts to “double the amount of all improper Medicaid fraudulent payments” plus interest, as well as “a civil penalty of between $5,500 and $11,000 for each fraudulent claim” between February 2017 and March 2021. demands.
and attorneys’ fees and court costs.
The Stand reports, “Defenders of the abortion chain say the maximum fine of $1.8 billion would be more than bankrupting all three Planned Parenthood affiliates operating in the giant, pro-life state: Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC) ; Greater Texas, Inc. Planned Parenthood (PPGT); and South Texas, Inc. Planned Parenthood (PPST).”
But the report said both sides acknowledged for that time period, “Planned Parenthood knew it had lost its status as an eligible Medicaid provider.”
The for-profit corporation is claiming that it acted in good faith when it continued billing for services.
According to the stand, authorities in Texas believe their case is “open and shut”.
The court said, “A provider whose Medicaid credentials have expired is no longer a ‘qualified’ provider and is not eligible to apply for or receive reimbursement from Medicaid.”
According to the stand, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said when the case began a few months ago, “It is inconceivable that Planned Parenthood would continue to take advantage of funding knowing they are not entitled to keep it.”
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