Wednesday STOPP Report
2012-07-11

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This information-packed weekly e-newsletter is the voice of STOPP, American Life League’s project that exposes the true nature of Planned Parenthood and documents its anti-life, anti-family programs. The Wednesday STOPP Report also spells out what dedicated grassroots pro-lifers can do to counter Planned Parenthood. Wednesday STOPP Report subscribers also receive special e-mail updates offering an in-depth look at timely pro-life issues.

 

In This Issue

  • Action alert re Medicaid fraud: PP hit with $5.5 billion lawsuit
  • Feds overstep state; give $1.2 million to Memphis PP
  • Bringing Jesus to PP through Mary: Vigil in West Chester
  • Perry: Texas says 'NO' to Medicaid expansion
  • Planned Parenthoods merge in Pennsylvania due to funding cuts
Action alert re Medicaid fraud: PP hit with $5.5 billion lawsuit

Sue Thayer has filed a $5.5 billion whistleblower lawsuit against her former employer, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland.

According to an Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) press release, Thayer alleges that Planned Parenthood knowingly committed Medicaid fraud from 2002 to 2009 by improperly seeking reimbursements from Iowa Medicaid Enterprise and the Iowa Family Planning Network for products and services not legally reimbursable by those programs.

Thayer alleges that Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa, an affiliate now known as Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, filed nearly a half a million false claims with Medicaid from which Planned Parenthood received and retained nearly $28 million. If Thayer prevails, Planned Parenthood could be ordered to pay the United States and Iowa as much as $5.5 billion in False Claims Act damages and penalties.

The crux of the suit revolves around Planned Parenthood’s birth control pills by mail program. Women who were seen only once at Planned Parenthood (usually by personnel who were not qualified healthcare professionals) automatically received—unrequested—a year’s supply of birth control pills in the mail. While those pills cost Planned Parenthood $2.98 for a 28-day supply, Medicaid was billed $26.32. In instances where the pills were returned to PP by the postal service, PP resold them and charged Medicaid twice for the same pills.

In addition, Thayer alleges that PP personnel solicited payment from low-income women to pay for “services” Medicaid would cover in full.

Thayer joins a growing chorus of former Planned Parenthood employees filing suit against the organization to recover money wrongly concealed in its deep pockets that belongs to taxpayers.

Texas: (1) In March of 2012, former PP employee Abby Johnson filed suit against Texas affiliate, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, alleging that PP knowingly committed Medicaid fraud from 2007 to 2009 by improperly seeking reimbursements from the Texas Women’s Health Program for products and services not reimbursable by that program.

She says the abortion giant filed at least 87,075 false, fraudulent, or ineligible claims with the Texas Women’s Health Program. As a result, Planned Parenthood wrongfully received and retained reimbursements totaling more than $5.7 million.

(2) In October of 2011, Karen Reynolds filed a whistleblower suit against the same affiliate, Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast (PPGC), alleging that “PPGC trained and instructed the employees at its twelve regional clinics to bill the government for medical services that were not medically necessary, to bill the government for medical services that were not actually provided, to bill the government for services that are not covered by Medicaid, and to falsify information in patient medical charts that was material to claims submitted to the government for reimbursement in an effort to evade detection of Defendant’s fraudulent billing practices.”

California: In March 2008, former PP vice president P. Victor Gonzales filed a whistleblower suit claiming that Planned Parenthood overcharged California taxpayers for purchasing birth control by at least $180 million.

Illinois: Caroline Hoke, medical director of Planned Parenthood of Illinois, is the subject of a current Medicaid probe into her billing practices. Hoke was Medicaid’s second-highest-paid doctor in 2009, according to a report by Crain’s Chicago Business, having received over $3 million in reimbursement from Medicaid in one fiscal year. The report states that the Illinois Medicaid inspector general has launched a probe into her billing practices and is withholding any further payments to her until the investigation is complete.

Fraud across the nation: In February of 2012, ADF released to the public its report to Congress tracking Planned Parenthood’s waste, abuse, and potential fraud involving millions of dollars of taxpayer money. ADF’s fact sheet on the report shows that federal and state audits of family planning funding have found a minimum of $95,742,982.15 in waste, abuse, and potential fraud from 1995 to 2009. In addition, federal audits of family planning programs from 1995 to 2009 have identified a total of nearly $88 million in overbilling, with the sum rising as high as $99 million according to the inspector general’s office at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In light of Planned Parenthood’s systematic abuse of taxpayer dollars and burgeoning whistleblower lawsuits, it is unthinkable that it still receives $1.3 million in taxpayer funding every day and stands to rake in exponentially more through Obamacare and its huge expansion of Medicaid funding.

Take Action: Visit our Defund Planned Parenthood Action Center today to send a letter to Congress demanding that Planned Parenthood be defunded at every level.


Feds overstep state; give $1.2 million to Memphis PP

The federal government has interfered with Tennessee’s efforts to defund Planned Parenthood by directly funding the abortion giant to the tune of more than $1.1 million, to be received over the course of three years.

Tennessee last year diverted Title X money to county health departments. In Shelby County, where Memphis is located, the county health department decided to partner with Christ Community Health Center to provide more services to women in need, effectively cutting off Title X funding to PP.

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey decried the federal grant, saying the state defunded Planned Parenthood for a reason. Following an emerging pattern of undermining states’ sovereignty, the federal grant will replace almost half the funding that the state cut from Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood of the Greater Memphis Region was recently in the news opposing the law designed to protect Tennessee children against graphic, salacious sex education, saying that the law “guts the state’s ‘family life’ sexuality education program.”

Prompted by a 2010 classroom demonstration of “safe oral sex” using a “sex toy” in a Nashville classroom, the law now prohibits classroom use of “devices specifically manufactured for sexual stimulation.” It also bans teachers from talking about “gateway sexual activity”—such as genital touching—in sex education courses, and requires sex ed to “exclusively and emphatically promote sexual risk avoidance through abstinence, regardless of a student’s current or prior sexual experience.”


Bringing Jesus to PP through Mary: Vigil in West Chester

Our Bringing Jesus to Planned Parenthood through Mary campaign is so simple and yet so profound:

1. Consecrating your efforts to close Planned Parenthood to Our Blessed Mother.
2. Praying the prayer at the PP facilities to stop Planned Parenthood.
3. Bringing an image of Our Lady to the PP facility with you.
4. Praying the rosary at Planned Parenthood.

All four components are critical to ending the reign of terror of Planned Parenthood. The plan is so simple, yet so profound. It is the plan that was followed in the Diocese of Amarillo where Planned Parenthood closed 19 facilities in the top 26 counties of Texas over a 12-year period.

If you are in the West Chester, Pennsylvania, area, join in a candlelight prayer vigil at Planned Parenthood, 8 S. Wayne Street, Friday, July 13, from 9 p.m. until 11 p.m. Mass will be celebrated at St. Agnes, West Chester, with Fr. Christopher Rogers celebrant, at 8 p.m.

“The Rosary is the most excellent form of prayer and the most efficacious means of attaining eternal life. It is the remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings. There is no more excellent way of praying” – Pope Leo XIII


Perry: Texas says 'NO' to Medicaid expansion

In the face of the Supreme Court’s unjust ruling affirming portions of Obamacare, Texas governor Rick Perry has issued a strong statement to U.S. Secretary of State Kathleen Sebelius, decrying the federal government’s overstepping into areas of state sovereignty, saying in no uncertain terms that Texas will not implement a state insurance exchange and will not participate in the huge planned expansion of Medicaid that would bathe Planned Parenthood in tax dollars while bankrupting the state. He said, in part:

In the ObamaCare plan, the federal government sought to force the states to expand their Medicaid programs by—in the words of the Supreme Court—putting a gun to their heads. Now that the “gun to the head” has been removed, please relay this message to the president: I oppose both the expansion of Medicaid as provided in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the creation of a so-called “state” insurance exchange, because both represent brazen intrusions into the sovereignty of our state.

I stand proudly with the growing chorus of governors who reject the PPACA power grab. Thank God and our nation’s founders that we have the right to do so.

Neither a “state” exchange nor the expansion of Medicaid under the Orwellian-named PPACA would result in better “patient protection” or in more “affordable care.” What they would do is make Texas a mere appendage of the federal government when it comes to healthcare.

You can read Governor Perry’s entire statement here.

Texans have worked hard and successfully to exclude Planned Parenthood from taxpayer funding. In 2011, the state legislature passed measures that defund the abortion giant by as much as $58 million over a two-year period. Because of that defunding, Planned Parenthood has been forced to close multiple facilities across the state.

Joe Pojman, head of Texas Alliance for Life, pointed out the extreme danger that looms in the wake of the huge Medicaid expansion offered to states through Obamacare:

The wave of Medicaid funds that Planned Parenthood will receive [under Obamacare] will wash away all of these pro-life gains like a huge tsunami of tax dollars.

Planned Parenthood will again receive tens of millions of tax dollars every year in Texas. While they cannot use the funds to directly pay for abortions, they will use the funds to promote abortions at their 14 abortion facilities in Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Midland, San Antonio, Abilene, Houston, and many other Texas communities.

Millions of tax dollars and thousands of lives are at stake!

Kudos to Governor Perry for taking a strong stand against Medicaid expansion and a “state” insurance exchange.


Planned Parenthoods merge in Pennsylvania due to funding cuts

On July 1, Planned Parenthood of Northeast and Mid-Penn swallowed Planned Parenthood Association of Bucks County in a merger, following the abortion giant’s business model of consolidating affiliates in order to centralize governance and control costs. The non-creative name for the new entity is Planned Parenthood of Northeast, Mid-Penn, and Bucks County. A cut in federal Title X funding was cited, as well as cuts in state funding.

According to a news story from Lancaster Online, the affiliate gets 42 percent of its funding from government sources.

It recently closed its downtown State College office, saying the lease was up and it didn’t have enough customers to justify staying open. It intends to continue operating 13 facilities, while adding “volunteer ‘partnership councils’ to augment its sexuality education programs.”

It is always good news when Planned Parenthood facilities are forced to merge. Continual on-site prayer, defunding, and building a solid wall of resistance to Planned Parenthood will bring the abortion giant down.