Four major universities publish studies on Medicaid fraud in child welfare and it is picked up by major news sources:
Several studies this month in the Journal of Health Economics are looking at ADHD. Separate studies by researchers at North Carolina State University, Notre Dame, the University of Minnesota, and Michigan State University all arrive at similar conclusions about ADHD.
The Michigan State University study found that prescriptions for the misdiagnoses could represent spending of 320 to 500 million dollars a year, with 80 to 90 million of it paid by Medicaid, a public health insurance program for the poor.
Ritalin (methylphenidate), a psychostimulant, is the drug most commonly used for ADHD in children. This drug is rather new, so many of it’s long term side affects are unknown. There have many been cases of children being on this drug reporting suicidal thoughts and feelings, depression, and odd sensations, both mental and physical.
Many see the prescription of Ritalin as doctors, parents and/or teachers taking the easy way out, as they do not know how to deal with their child, or do not want to deal with their child. It may make the child docile and seem ‘normal’, however how normal is a child that is more like a zombie than a child?
Medicaid fraud in child welfare is an issue that the nation's leadership refuses to address.
Child welfare is an unregulated industry, protected under FOIA exemptions and exclusions, funded through the pharmaceutical industry who manipulate Medicaid to pay for the child welfare fraud, to produce such propaganda by using children in clinical trials, funded by the FDA and double-billed to Medicaid.
The qualifying criteria for child welfare fraud is a diagnosis. In order for a child to be removed from the home and placed in foster care, there must be a diagnosis.
For a child to qualify as special needs, there must be a diagnosis.
In order for many to retain their jobs in the field of social work, there must be a diagnosis of the child.
State Medicaid Fraud Control Units are inanimate in dealing with child welfare fraud as there is an inherent conflict of interest.
States in effect have no enforcement of assurances for reporting any violations in child welfare. Kiddy kickbacks flourish in the financially fertile fields of fraud.
Until there is regulation to end Medicaid fraud in child welfare, there will be advocacy groups, funded by the pharmaceuticals, who continue to abuse poor children and hand out the label of ADHD.
Stop Child Medicaid Fraud