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Agencies Helped Clinic That Overbilled

Bob Mack
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

In 2000, an organization made plans to build a clinic to bring care to the medically underserved in Jacksonville.  Since then, lawmakers have handed over $900,000 to Northwest Quadrant Community Health Center, but the building wasn't completed. 

And even though the center overbilled Medicaid by $1.4 million, the state helped the nonprofit pull itself out of bankruptcy and get private funding so that it could build the clinic, according to the Florida Times-Union.

Both the Department of Health and Agency for Health Care Administration cut the center an unusual amount of slack.

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