A pro-life legal advocacy group has made public a lawsuit it filed in 2011 against Planned Parenthood, alleging that the abortion giant defrauded the taxpayers of Washington state out of hundreds of millions of dollars. In the lawsuit filed in the United State District Court for Western Washington, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) charges that Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest submitted “repeated false, fraudulent, and/or ineligible claims for reimbursement” to the state's Department of Social and Health Services. ADF filed the suit on behalf of Washington resident Jonathan Bloedow, who discovered the alleged frauds thought the state's open records law.
Under the federal False Claims Act, “whistleblowers” having inside information can expose fraudulent billing by government contractors. In announcing the nearly two-year-old suit, ADF explained that under the law such cases must initially be filed under seal and may not be made public while federal authorities decide whether to join the case.
In the suit Bloedow charges that Planned Parenthood's Northwest affiliate submitted false claims to Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services and its Health and Recovery Services Administration (HRSA), which runs the state’s Title XIX Medicaid program. Over an extended period Planned Parenthood allegedly filed at least 25,000 false claims with HRSA for reimbursements in excess of the amount allowed for oral contraceptive pills, along with at least 25,000 more false claims for reimbursements in excess of the amount allowed for “emergency contraceptive” such as “Plan B” under the federal government’s 340B drug reimbursement program. According to ADF, the alleged fraud could account for over $377 million.
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