Settlement announced in Reynolds v. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, No. 9:09-cv-124 (E.D. Tex., filed July 30, 2009). On July 24, 2013, the Texas Attorney General announced that it reached a settlement with Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, in which Planned Parenthood will pay $1.4 million to resolve allegations of improper Medicaid billing practices under the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act (“TMFPA”). The relator brought claims under both the TMFPA and the federal FCA, alleging that the Planned Parenthood affiliate overbilled the Texas Medicaid Program, including the Texas Women’s Health Program, as well as Title XX by, among other things, falsely recording follow-up visits after abortion procedures as routine “Well-Woman Exams.” The judge previously denied most of Planned Parenthood’s motion to dismiss in August 2012 and allowed the case to go forward. The announcement resolves only the TMFPA claim, as no settlement has been announced regarding the Medicaid or Title XX fraud claims pending under the federal FCA. The State of Texas must share its recovery with the federal government and with the relator, who proceeded with the lawsuit on her own after both Texas and the federal government declined to intervene.
06 Aug '13