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ken-treloar-385255-copy-300x200Medi-Cal fraud occurs more frequently than you think and often goes unnoticed. Unfortunately, this only harms recipients and future recipients of Medi-Cal who desperately need this healthcare assistance program in order to obtain the medical treatments they require. As a whistleblower, you have the opportunity to help put an end to Medi-Cal fraud by reporting healthcare providers and professionals who engage in fraudulent acts. If you detect any fraudulent acts by your healthcare provider, contact the healthcare fraud attorneys at Willoughby Brod today to learn more about how you should proceed with your whistleblower claim.

What is Medi-Cal?

Medi-Cal is a California Medicaid program for low income adults and children that is supported by both federal and state taxes. Those who qualify for Medi-Cal can receive free or low-cost healthcare services and generally receive the same benefits offered under Covered California but at much discounted or free prices. Anyone can apply for Medi-Cal regardless of age, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, color, national origin, marital status, disability, or veteran status.

As a health care fraud law firm, we work with private whistleblowers nationwide to protect taxpayer money and ensure the health of millions of Americans.  Often, scammers who defraud the federal system also target state health care programs.  We work to fight this type of fraud too, recognizing that these systems are also vital to the health and well-being of countless individuals.  While we can handle health care fraud matters across the country, we have particularly strong ties to California and Florida.  In today’s post, we look at a problem plaguing California – Medi-Cal fraud involving drug treatment clinics.

Director Apologizes for Medi-Cal Fraud

Last September, The Center for Investigative Reporting (“CIR”) reported on legislative hearings in which Toby Douglas, the director of Medi-Cal, apologized for systemic problems involving the failure to effectively monitor taxpayer-funded drug rehabilitation programs.  In the course of those hearings, it became clear that the agency knew about widespread sham billing by “rogue clinics” as early as 2007.  In 2014, the agency temporarily suspended 73 clinics and 101 other counseling sites, locations that had bilked Medi-Cal out of more than $36 million in the previous fiscal year alone.  At the time of the report, there were at least 64 on-going fraud investigations looking into these scams.