The U.S. government’s massive payouts of financial aid to health care providers of Medicaid and other programs have inadvertently resulted in taxpayer dollars going to companies or individuals under criminal or civil legal investigation.
The payouts were reported by defense lawyers representing some of the firms and people at the center of the inquiries.
The Department of Health and Human Services, which distributed the funds, said the money went to any medical providers that submitted billings to Medicare except for some which had previously been excluded. Medicare is the federal health insurance program for the elderly and the disabled.
It is unknown what portion of the $30 billion allotted for medical aid went to those facing criminal or civil charges.