Family planning clinics say state audits could force many to close


Two family planning clinics serving low-income women say their operations will be at serious financial risk if state auditors stand firm on claims that they overbilled Medicaid by $3.5 million, largely for birth control drugs and devices.

Beth Hartung, president of the Wisconsin Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, said the auditors’ stance would also force other family planning providers in the same Medicaid program to claim a drastically lower reimbursement rate for birth control — forgoing a chunk of money that subsidizes other reproductive health care services they provide to low-income people.

“My hunch is that if any one of us were audited it would come out the same way. We’re all operating the same way,” Hartung said. “It would mean, quite frankly, that we would all close.”


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