Planned Parenthood fraud charges: Taxpayers funding abortions

New report shows Planned Parenthood snookering taxpayers by cheating Medicaid - to the tune of millions

“To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical. ” - Thomas Jefferson

WASHINGTON, February 17, 2012, – If you’re concerned about the $330 million in taxpayer funding which Planned Parenthood currently receives each year, chances are you are all-too-familiar with the Hyde Amendment. The Hyde Amendment is a legislative provision that’s supposed to bar federal funds from going to pay for abortions.

And if you have you stated that the government should not be giving your money to the largest abortion-provider in the U.S. when you are personally opposed to abortion, the Hyde Amendment is quickly trotted out as assurances that this is not true. 

The Hyde Amendment does nothing to protect pro-life consciences or keep taxpayer money away from funding abortion.

It does stand as a legal assertion that, as Jefferson states, it is unjust and immoral to force people who are staunch opponents of abortion to pay for them.

For this reason, the Hyde Amendment is something that pro-life people should look on with fondness —  if frustration — perhaps as a mother looks on a three-year-old child who wants to “help Mommy cook supper” but only succeeds in breaking dishes and burning herself on the stove.

 new report released by the Alliance Defense Fund suggests that Planned Parenthood, contrary to the law of the Hyde Amendment, is not content to use your money for only sex-education resources, birth control, and STI testing.  The powerhouse group is determined to manipulate Government money, taxpayer money, so that it can be used to fund abortions as well 

The Alliance Defense Fund report found upwards of $99 million in waste or possible fraud, including evidence of illegal taxpayer funding of abortion and abortion-related procedures.

LifeSiteNews reports that the 10 known audits which took place in California, New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Washington State, uncovered numerous instances of financially questionable practices such as wrongly billing Medicaid for medications provided as part of an abortion in violation of the Hyde Amendment, over billing for prescription drugs, dispensing prescription drugs — including oral contraceptives — without a prescription, double-billing, charging for medically unnecessary services, falsely claiming services were provided for family planning, and unsigned or missing documentation.

The ADF report identified 12 types of potential fraud, and stated in one place that,

In New York alone during one four year period, it appeared that hundreds of thousands of abortion-related claims were billed illegally to Medicaid.”

Just last week, the Lufkin Daily News reported that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast is a defendant in a federal lawsuit after a former Lufkin clinic employee alleged a fraudulent multi-million-dollar billing scheme.

The complaint names Karen Reynolds, a former Health Center Assistant at the Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC), in Lufkin, Texas as the whistle-blower in allegations brought against her former employer of 10 years, Planned Parenthood.

According to Reynolds’ complaint, filed in October 2011, she was instructed by the organization to maximize billing revenue by fraudulently charging Medicaid and the Women’s Health Program for services not covered by Medicaid, services that patients did not receive.

She says Planned Parenthood also falsified patient records, and claims these procedures were employed in all 12 Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast locations across Texas and Louisiana.

The updated complaint, filed October 2011, alleges that in her position Reynolds was instructed to maximize billing revenue when applying through Medicaid and the Woman’s Health Programs.  Reynolds alleges this was a standard procedure in all twelve Texas and Louisiana Planned Parenthood locations.  

Reynold’s complaint also alleges the falsifying of patient records, billing for unwarranted services and/or services not covered by Medicaid by billing for services patients did not receive in order to pay for services received, but that they could not legitimately bill for.

One example given in the suit is how the organization would bill Medicaid for birth control counseling alleging that almost all Women’s Health Program and Medicaid patients were handed a bag of at least two birth control devices regardless of whether they hat were neither needed or requested by  despite the fact the items were not needed or requested by the patient.

The Lufkin Daily News has more disturbing details:  

“An example given in the suit is Medicaid being billed for birth control counseling. The suit states almost all Women’s Health Program and Medicaid patients were handed a bag of at least two birth control devices despite the fact the items were not needed or requested by the patient. Pursuant to corporate policy and instructions from clinical directors, after merely handing the patient a bag of condoms and vaginal film on the way out the door, clinic employees then entered billing codes to be submitted to the government at an average billed cost of $57.85.”

In her complaint, Reynolds quotes a clinic memo as stating, “If the client [getting an abortion] is getting on birth control make this the focus of the visit and put a note in the chief complaints that the client had a surgical or medical abortion ‘x’ weeks ago.

This is a practice known as “unbundling” in which procedures related to an abortion are billed separately, sometimes with records falsified to show different dates for those services.

LifeSiteNews.com reports that Victor Gonzalez, a former chief financial officer of Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles, P., claims in a 2010 lawsuit that the group purchased  “$225,695.65 for Ortho Tri-Cyclen birth control pills, yet billed the government $918,084 — for a profit of $692,388.35.”  

Steven Aden, vice president for human life issues and senior council at the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) says:

“Americans deserve to know if their hard-earned tax money is being funneled to groups that are misusing it. Planned Parenthood has to play by the same rules as everyone else. It is not entitled to a dime of taxpayer funds, especially if it is committing Medicaid fraud.”

It’s a good day to remember Thomas Jefferson’s words, which perhaps indicate that the statesmen who founded this great nation in turmoil and trials are spinning around and around in their graves this week:  

“To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical. “

A history buff, self-taught artist, and enthusiastic autodidact, Bryana brings her always politically incorrect and usually passionate views about politics and the theory of government to her readers. In addition to writing for the TWTC, she also writes for The College Conservative and maintains the official High Tide Journal at www.thehightide.com. Find her on twitter at: https://twitter.com/HighTideJournal


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Passionate about liberty, and the theory of government, Bryana serves as the vice president of a local political club and reports on political happenings around the globe.
 
In addition to her political activities, Bryana has won prizes in multiple poetry contests and her first poetry collection, Having Decided To Stay, was released in 2012. She writes regularly about the good life, literature and the world’s great Lover over at www.bryanajohnson.com. You can follow her on twitter at @_Bryana_Johnson and on facebook. 

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