Posted BY: Jasmine | NwoReport
Planned Parenthood in Texas has been embroiled in a series of disputes involving allegations of fraudulent claims for medical services. While previous cases involved smaller amounts, a significant battle has now erupted over the alleged receipt of millions of taxpayer dollars during a period when it was not considered a “qualified” healthcare provider. This conflict could potentially lead to a substantial bill of approximately $1.8 billion for the abortion industry leader, a situation that could have dire consequences for the organization.
The roots of this issue trace back to Texas’ efforts to redirect taxpayer funding away from Planned Parenthood, beginning in 2011. Subsequent events, including the reduction of the state’s family planning budget and the creation of the state’s own “Texas Women’s Health Program,” led to Planned Parenthood’s decertification as a Medicaid provider. The organization was notified in 2016 about the impending expulsion, but instead of appealing, it chose to sue, continuing to collect payments. During this period, it received $10 million in claims that the state deemed inappropriate.
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Now, Texas is seeking to recover this money, aiming to obtain “twice the amount of all improper Medicaid fraud payments” from February 2017 to March 2021, along with interest, civil penalties, attorney’s fees, and court costs. Planned Parenthood’s defenders argue that the potential $1.8 billion fine would be financially devastating, potentially bankrupting the three Planned Parenthood affiliates operating in the state.
Planned Parenthood maintains that it acted in good faith and believed it was entitled to continue billing for services despite its lost Medicaid credentials. However, Texas authorities assert that a terminated Medicaid provider is ineligible to seek or receive reimbursement from Medicaid, making their case “open-and-shut.”The outcome of this legal battle holds significant implications for both Planned Parenthood and the broader abortion industry. While Planned Parenthood asserts its innocence, Texas authorities remain resolute in their pursuit of the alleged fraudulent claims, potentially leading to substantial financial repercussions for the organization.