The federal government charged Kentucky Lt. Gov. Steve Henry, M.D., with Medicare and Medicaid fraud, claiming the orthopedic surgeon was attending political events -- including a pre-election rally for then-President Bill Clinton --- when he should have been supervising residents at 262-bed University of Louisville Hospital. In a lawsuit filed yesterday in U.S. District Court, Louisville, authorities are seeking a judgment of $400,000 to $500,000, including triple damages and penalties. Henry, who plans to run for governor next year, allegedly billed government health programs for 44 surgeries performed by medical residents he did not directly supervise between October 1996 and February 2001. Prosecutors said about 40% of Henry's billings to Medicare and Medicaid during that time period were false. In a press conference yesterday, Henry denied the allegations. He acknowledged that billing errors had been made but insisted the errors were not made "recklessly or intentionally." -- by Michael Romano
Ky. lt. governor charged with Medicare fraud
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