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Officials: DC Medicaid provider may owe $85M

Saturday - 4/20/2013, 7:21pm  ET

WASHINGTON - Officials say the firm that provides health care to Medicaid recipients in the District of Columbia may owe $85 million to the city's doctors, clinics and hospitals.

D.C. Chartered Health Plan has been taken over by the city. According to The Washington Post (http://tinyurl.com/cm8x5fh ), receiver Daniel Watkins said Friday that the firm is suspending payment to providers effective immediately. The $85 million figure is about double the previous estimates of Chartered's potential liabilities. About $60 million of that is Medicaid claims that haven't been paid.

Chartered was owned by Jeffrey Thompson, a prominent businessman and campaign donor. He's at the center of a federal probe into Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign. While he hasn't been charged, he's believed to have funneled $650,000 in illegal funds into the Gray campaign.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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