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New Report Alleges Fraud in California Drug Rehab Programs

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Some private California drug rehabilitation clinics have defrauded taxpayers out of tens of millions of dollars, according to a new report from the Center for Investigative Reporting. The CIR’s year-long investigation found that some clinic operators are charging the government for non-existent patients and services through the state’s Drug Medi-Cal program. The Department of Health Care Services, the state agency that oversees the Drug Medi-Cal program, says it doesn’t yet know the extent of the problems, and is investigating. The agency recently raided 16 clinics that it suspects violated state laws. We’ll examine the alleged abuses in Drug Medi-Cal and look at how Obamacare will impact the program.

Guests:

Christina Jewett, reporter for the Center For Investigative Reporting

Norman Williams, deputy director of public affairs at the California Department of Health Care Services

Tom Renfree, executive director of the County Alcohol and Drug Program Administrators of California (CADPAAC)

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