The non-partisan Government Accountability Office confirmed Thursday it is launching an investigation into how the country’s largest abortion provider spent millions of taxpayer dollars. The GAO’s investigation is in response to a request made by more than 50 members of Congress in February who asked for a detailed report on how money is being used.
The GAO’s investigation comes on the heels of a settlement involving a Texas affiliate of the organization, which paid $4.3 million in July to settle allegations of fraud in billing to a health program for the poor. The settlement was $3 million more than what had been announced earlier by the Texas Attorney General.
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Among the potential Planned Parenthood fraud was over-billing to federal Title XIX Medicaid agencies for medications and services provided in connection with abortion procedures — which is illegal under federal law. In addition, the ADF investigation found evidence of over-billing on Plan B contraceptives, billing for services that were unnecessary, multiple billings for initial pre-natal visits by patients, and incorrectly billing on other services.
Updated Report Alleges Continued Abuse, Potential Fraud by Planned Parenthood