Planned Parenthood funding (copy)

The Planned Parenthood clinic in downtown Portage is one of several in the state.

PHOTO BY JONATHAN STEFONEK -- CAPITAL NEWSPAPERS

Family planning clinics in Wisconsin would be audited in search of Medicaid overpayments under a motion approved Wednesday evening by the state's budget-writing committee.

The budget provision, included in a wrap-up motion, requires the state Department of Health Services' Office of the Inspector General to conduct an audit of all family planning service reimbursements paid to covered entities under the medical assistance program from the start of 2013 to the end of 2016. 

A portion of any funds recovered under the audit would be used in the 2019-21 budget for fraud and error reduction efforts, public health programs, community programs and services for sex-trafficking victims. 

Most family planning services receive 90 percent of their funding from federal matching funds, while 10 percent comes from the state. Twenty percent of the state's share would go toward the programs listed in the budget. 

Democrats on the Joint Finance Committee argued the move was politically motivated. Rep. Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, said the audits will "waste money and produce very little." 

A similar audit found $63,813 in Medicaid overpayments at eight clinics throughout 2014.

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The OIG audit found discrepancies including reimbursement in excess of what is allowed, no proof of a prescription being dispensed and a prescription quantity that didn't match the quantity billed.

In that audit, the OIG examined First Choice Women's Health Center in Janesville, Options in Reproductive Care in La Crosse, SWCAP Neighborhood Health Partners in Platteville and Planned Parenthood health clinics in Appleton, Green Bay, Madison and two Milwaukee locations.

A spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin said on Wednesday the measure is being reviewed by the organization's attorney.

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Jessie Opoien covers state government and politics for the Capital Times. She joined the Cap Times in 2013 and has also covered Madison life, race relations, culture and music. She has also covered education and politics for the Oshkosh Northwestern.