AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ The Texas attorney general's office has settled a Medicaid fraud case with Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast.
In a statement issued Wednesday, the attorney general's office said the group would pay $1.4 million for fraudulently overbilling the health care program for the poor.
An investigation by the attorney general and the Texas Health and Human Service Commission's inspector general showed that the family planning organization billed the state for products and services not actually provided to patients. The statement said a whistleblower triggered the investigation.
Statement by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast:
“Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast is proud of the high quality health care we provide, and more than 50,000 Texans rely on us every year for essential, high quality prevention services.
“The allegations in this complaint are baseless and we are ending this case as a practical matter. Continuing this litigation in the hostile environment for women’s health would have ensured a lengthy and costly process that would have distracted our energies and required us to share the private medical information of thousands of women. We are ending this lawsuit in order to devote all of our time and energy to delivering high-quality, affordable health care.”
Medicaid is a joint federal-state program and the whistleblower and the federal government will receive money from the settlement.