Benton: Investigate Planned Parenthood

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Olympia — State Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, asked Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley on Monday to investigate whether Planned Parenthood filed fraudulent or ineligible Medicaid claims with the state's Department of Social and Health Services.

In a letter to Kelley, Benton cites allegations by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian advocacy group, that Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest overbilled the state at least 50,000 times at a cost of $377 million. The Medicaid program provides health coverage for low-income residents.

In a news release, Benton said the allegations being made against Planned Parenthood still need to be verified. If they are true, Benton said the auditor's office should find out why DSHS didn't catch the fraud.