The New York Department of Health has denounced recent criticisms over a report that the state’s Medicaid program paid more than $60,000 for sexual and erectile dysfunction drugs for 47 sex offenders, the Democrat & Chronicle reports.
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in a statement said “there are clear rules” about what Medicaid will pay for for erectile dysfunction drugs.
“And paying for sex offenders who’ve committed terrible crimes to get these drugs should never be lost in the bureaucratic administration of this program,” he said.
The health department responded, saying that the drugs are prescribed for reasons beyond sexual problems.
“The Department strongly disagrees with the Comptroller’s conclusions,” the health department said.
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