A Planned Parenthood affiliate in Iowa has allegedly filed nearly one-half million false claims with Medicaid from which the pro-abortion organization received and retained nearly $28 million, say lawyers for a faith-based legal ministry.
According to the lawsuit that became public this week, Planned Parenthood submitted “repeated false, fraudulent, and/or ineligible claims for reimbursements” to Medicaid and failed to meet acceptable standards of medical practice. The organization could be ordered to pay the United States and Iowa as much as $5.5 billion in False Claims Act damages and penalties, according to Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly Alliance Defense Fund).
This is not the first time that Planned Parenthood has been under investigation. Please read:Planned Parenthood Accused Of Medicaid Fraud
ADF is representing former Planned Parenthood clinic director Sue Thayer in her lawsuit against the abortion giant’s Iowa affiliate filed March 2011.
“We think it’s a very viable complaint that demonstrates Medicaid fraud by Planned Parenthood that we have observed in our research on not only this affiliate, but other affiliates around the country and is primarily motivated by the bottom line desire for money, not for care for women’s health,” ADF Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton told The Christian Post on Tuesday.
“Americans deserve to know if their hard-earned tax money is being funneled to groups that are misusing it,” said Norton, a former U.S. attorney. “People may hold different views about abortion, but everyone can agree that Planned Parenthood should play by the same rules as everyone else. It certainly isn’t entitled to any public funds, especially if it is defrauding Medicaid and the American taxpayer.”
The lawsuit explains that, to enhance revenues, Planned Parenthood implemented a “C-Mail” program that automatically mailed a year’s supply of birth control pills to women who had only been seen once at a Planned Parenthood clinic and usually by personnel who were not qualified health care professionals.
Earlier this month the North Carolina state legislature “de-funded” Planned Parenthood — with legislative leaders agreeing to a state budget that redirects $343,000 in family planning funding from Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion business, to county health departments.
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