VANCOUVER – A Washington lawmaker said he wants an audit of Planned Parenthood following accusations of fraudulent billing.
Senator Don Benton of Vancouver called for the investigation after The Alliance Defending Freedom accused Planned Parenthood of over-billing Medicaid and the state of Washington at least 50,000 times, costing the state $337 million.
A Planned Parenthood spokeswoman said the letter refers to a lawsuit filed by Jonathan Bloedow in 2011, which the Department of Justice declined to join and which was later thrown out by a federal judge.
"This case has absolutely no merit," said Treasure Mackley of Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest. "It's just another of Don Benton's attempts to come between women and their doctors."
Benton said an audit is the best way to determine whether the accusations are true.
"If that's true, that's an awful lot of taxpayer money that has been stolen from the state of Washington,” Benton said. “If it's not true, then we need to know that, too. But in any case, it's a job for the state auditor.”
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