- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on the investigation into Medicaid fraud among New Mexico nonprofits (all times local):

11:50 p.m.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says Medicaid dollars should be used to provide basic health care for people in need, not on private planes for wealthy CEOs.

The governor made the comment Tuesday after Attorney General Hector Balderas cleared the last two behavioral health providers who were accused of fraud.

In 2013, Martinez’s administration froze payments to 15 nonprofit providers after an audit alleged they mishandled $36 million in Medicaid funding. An investigation was then launched by the attorney general’s office.

Balderas says investigators found there was $1.16 million in overbilling and regulatory violations but no evidence of fraud.

Martinez countered that she will never turn a blind-eye to CEOs who break the public’s trust and funnel public money to family members or squander tax dollars.

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10:11 a.m.

The last two of 15 mental health nonprofit providers under investigation for possible Medicaid fraud have been cleared by New Mexico’s top prosecutor.

Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter Tuesday to state lawmakers, informing them of the outcome of his investigation. He says no patterns of fraud were uncovered.

Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration froze payments to the providers after a 2013 audit alleged they mishandled $36 million in Medicaid funding.

Balderas says separate investigations found there was about $1.16 million in overbilling but no evidence of fraud.

He says it’s now up to the state Human Services Department to resolve what he called a regrettable situation and ensure that New Mexicans get the care they need.

The agency previously defended its decision and vowed to recoup millions in misspent funds.


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