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TeamDunn
05-23-2005, 11:21 AM
This was being discussed on WLW this morning so I searched for the story. Unbelievable. :thumbdown

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050523/ap_on_re_us/sex_offenders_viagra_4


N.Y. Audit Shows Sex Offenders Get Viagra By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press Writer
Mon May 23, 7:51 AM ET

ALBANY, N.Y. - Scores of convicted rapists and other high-risk sex offenders in New York have been getting Viagra paid by Medicaid for the last five years, the state's comptroller said Sunday.

Audits by Comptroller Alan Hevesi's office showed that between January 2000 and March 2005, 198 sex offenders in New York received Medicaid-reimbursed Viagra after their convictions. Those included crimes against children as young as 2 years old, he said.

Hevesi asked Michael Leavitt, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in a letter Sunday to "take immediate action to ensure that sex offenders do not receive erectile dysfunction medication paid for by taxpayers."

A call to Leavitt's office was not immediately returned Sunday.

According to Hevesi, the problem is an unintended consequence of a 1998 directive from federal officials telling states that Medicaid prescription programs must include Viagra. His office discovered that the state was helping sex offenders pay for Viagra by checking Medicaid pharmacy expenditures against the state's sex offender registry.

New York's two senators said Sunday the problem should be corrected.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a statement that it was "deeply disturbing and runs contrary to the purpose of Medicaid, which is to provide health care coverage for uninsured, low-income individuals." Clinton, a Democrat, urged Leavitt to look into the matter, and said she would explore legislative options.

New York's other senator, Democrat Chuck Schumer, said at a press conference in New York City that he hoped the issue could be resolved without a bill, but he's prepared to offer one if needed.

"While I believe that HHS did not do this intentionally, when the government pays for Viagra for sex offenders, it could well hurt many innocent people," he said.

New York auditors are reviewing whether other prescription drugs for sexual dysfunction are being reimbursed by Medicaid for convicted sex offenders, Hevesi spokesman David Neustadt said.

While the auditors didn't review the situation on Viagra reimbursement by Medicaid in other states, he said they have no indication that the policies are different elsewhere.

savafan
05-23-2005, 11:28 AM
Yes, this is disturbing, but here's what I want to know. Why is Viagra covered by insurance because impotence is a medical condition, yet lasik surgery is not covered?

TeamDunn
05-23-2005, 11:32 AM
Because the insurance game is still a "man's" world. Birth control is not even covered on all insurance plans...but we better make sure some guy can perform his sexual functions.

As for the lasik I have no idea. Correcting sight can only enhance a persons existence.

macro
05-23-2005, 11:42 AM
Tax dollars should not be used for anyone, sex offender or not, to get Viagra or such drugs.

RBA
05-23-2005, 11:43 AM
Yes, we found out that my wife probably needs hearing aids. But I found out to my dismay that it's not covered in my Military Insurance (Tricare Prime) for my family. Hearing Aids could cost up to 2,000 a piece according to the doctor.

But Viagra is covered.

KittyDuran
05-23-2005, 11:48 AM
Yes, we found out that my wife probably needs hearing aids. But I found out to my dismay that it's not covered in my Military Insurance (Tricare Prime) for my family. Hearing Aids could cost up to 2,000 a piece according to the doctor.

But Viagra is covered.Might be because of her age... My parents are on TriCare too [for retirees] but I haven't looked up hearing aids - and my Mom needs one.

TeamDunn
05-23-2005, 11:51 AM
There was an episode of American Justice (on A&E) where a guy was abducting teenage girls keeping them for x amount of days, raping them repeatedly and then killing them. He was taking Viagra. I don't believe he was a convicted sex offender prior to all this so there was no way to keep him from having it...just saying that it is scary enough with rapists running around, but for them to have Viagra is just frightening. A horrid 10 minute experience is enough to ruin someone's life...let alone several hours of such abuse by this getting into a rapists hands.

BTW, the last girl he abducted got away from him when he fell asleep and told the police. When they tried to pull his car over he killed himself.

RBA
05-23-2005, 02:45 PM
Might be because of her age... My parents are on TriCare too [for retirees] but I haven't looked up hearing aids - and my Mom needs one.

Just found out there is an additional program for family members of active duty that "may" cover hearing aids. So, we maybe in luck. We have to fill out a bunch of forms and get the doctor to sign off. Than we wait for approval.

It's not Tricare, but some type of supplemental program. Not for retirees.