Planned Parenthood conned millions from public health programs, report suggests [CNA]


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Washington D.C., Jan 7, 2017 / 04:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Audits showing Planned Parenthood’s alleged misuse of federal funds are further proof that the organization should be barred from receiving federal money, pro-life advocates say.

“The extent of waste and abuse in the nation’s family planning programs, and specifically in those operated by Planned Parenthood, is beyond disturbing,” Charlotte Lozier Institute president Chuck Donovan stated upon the release of a joint report by the institute and the legal group Alliance Defending Freedom on abortion clinics overbilling taxpayer-funded health programs.

“Congress should do what the House of Representatives has twice voted to do: end taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s most profitable abortionist, once and for all,” Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Steven H. Aden stated.

The report, titled “Profit. No Matter What,” is based on dozens of external audits and reviews of Planned Parenthood affiliates. It was authored by Catherine Glenn Foster, a senior fellow in legal policy at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the research arm of the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List.

Full article…


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From the article:
Overall, “nearly all” of 51 audits of Planned Parenthood affiliates in 12 states showed that affiliates were overbilling Medicaid and other publicly-funded health programs, costing taxpayers millions. “Title XIX-Medicaid overpayments” at these affiliates amounted to over $8.5 million.

And the waste and fraud may be much greater than that amount, the report claimed:

“The weight of evidence indicates that waste by Planned Parenthood affiliates may be widespread, and suggests that such policies may be the result of, at a minimum, a policy of benign neglect over billing practices organization-wide by Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s headquarters in New York City.”

Abortion clinics in some cases will have abortion-related services – or abortions themselves – paid for by Medicaid or state family planning programs. The Hyde Amendment prohibits federal Medicaid dollars from funding abortions, except in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is at stake.

Clinics will do this by utilizing “fragmentation” or “unbundling” billing to have abortion-related services like counseling or a pre-abortion examination paid for with public dollars, the report found.

Even abortions themselves may be billed to Medicaid. “In New York alone during one four-year audit period, it appeared that hundreds of thousands of abortion-related claims were billed unlawfully to Medicaid,” the report noted.


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You know before a lot of the wikileaks and hidden camera videos came out, I would be shocked. But i am not. Know your enemy better than your friends and nothing will surprise you.


#4

When an organization makes it money from killing the most innocent of us, can we really say we are surprised that the organization would commit other crimes?


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The full report (30 pages):

lozierinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/plannedparenthood-profit-no-matter-what.pdf


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sigh


#7

I completely agree with you, but actually overbilling of 8 million from over 500 million of government spending on PP is much less than I expected. PP supporters will just respond by denying that it ever happened, just like they did in the face of the videos showing that they were selling baby parts for profit. No corruption or criminal activity will ever convince them of the evil of PP. For those on the fence more access to ultrasound machines for pregnant women is doing wonders. At least some people can be convinced to believe their own eyes.


#8

Typical multi-million dollar government corruption. Find excuses to skirt the laws and then have a blind base that will help you deny there’s any wrongdoing because the ideology is agreed upon.


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