Report finds NY Medicaid spent $63,000 on erectile treatment for sexual offenders

Andrew Weber
June 05, 2019 - 1:58 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A new report finds over $63,000 was paid out of New York's Medicaid program for erectile dysfunction drugs and other sexual treatments for dozens of sexual offenders.

An audit released Wednesday by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli found that, in violation of state and federal laws, 47 sexual offenders recieved sexual treatment.

State and federal law bar Medicaid from paying for any sexual treatment, but more than $930,000 was spent on such services from 2012 to 2018.

"There are clear rules about what conditions Medicaid will cover when it comes to erectile dysfunction drugs," said DiNapoli, "Paying for sex offenders who've committed terrible crimes to get these drugs should never be lost in the bureaucratic administration of this program."

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