Family planning clinics say state audits could force many to close

State auditors say two family planning clinics overbilled Medicaid for $3.5 million, largely for birth control. The providers say the state is using the wrong reimbursement rate.

Two family planning clinics serving low-income women say their operations will be at serious financial risk if state auditors stand firm on claims that they overbilled Medicaid by $3.5 million, largely for birth control drugs and devices.

“My hunch is that if any one of us were audited it would come out the same way. We’re all operating the same way,” said Beth Hartung, president of the Wisconsin Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association. “It would mean, quite frankly, that we would all close.” Continue Reading