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Hispanic Doctors, Law Firm Accuse Molina Healthcare Company of Stealing Pay from Physicians
(Milwaukee) The fraud recovery lawyers at MahanyLaw filed a class action lawsuit on December 30th against Molina Healthcare of California. This is the second major class action case filed in 2016 by the firm.
According to the complaint, Molina Healthcare cheated hundreds, if not thousands of doctors, of their proper pay. The case is filed on behalf of all doctors in California who may have been underpaid.
Affordable Care Act Gives Pay Boost to Doctors that Care for the Poor
A key provision of the Affordable Care Act gave a bump in pay to those physicians who served the neediest and poorest populations. The law gave a two year pay bump for these public service minded doctors. Instead of paying them at the very low Medicaid rates (called Medi-Cal in California), the law allows doctors to be paid at the higher Medicare rates. Congress did this to insure doctors would continue to serve low income patients.
Hispanic Lives Matter Impetus Behind Lawsuit
The named Plaintiff in the case is Dr. Manuel Figueroa, a member of the Associated Hispanic Physicians of Southern California. The suit was filed after the advocacy group Hispanic Lives Matter approached Brian Mahany and asked him to assist the group of California doctors who were being underpaid.
The Hispanic Physicians group says that Molina Healthcare is pocketing their money. And the apparent wage theft isn’t limited to Dr. Figueroa and other doctors who are members of the Associated Hispanic Physicians group.
Dr. Figueroa and his group believe that thousands of doctors who serve low income patients aren’t being properly paid.
In filing the lawsuit, firm founder Brian Mahany said,
“Molina Health has pocketed millions of dollars belonging to hard working physicians. Ironically, the doctors who are serving the poorest and most vulnerable populations are the ones not getting paid. Hard working doctors that treat Latino patients shouldn’t be treated as second class citizens. Nor should their patients. With annual revenues of over $14 billion, Molina can easily afford to pay its providers what the law requires. By not paying doctors who provide services to Medicaid and Medi-Cal patients, Molina is endangering the patients it is supposed to serve. Why would any physician want to accept a Medicaid patient if they are getting shortchanged on their pay? Some doctors have been waiting since 2013 to get paid!”
Molina Healthcare Lawsuit Filed as a Class Action
The lawsuit was filed as a class action. It is filed on behalf of all doctors in California who have been shortchanged by Molina.
Molina Healthcare has thousands of employees nationwide and revenues of over $14 billion per year. The company operates in 14 other states including NY, Texas, Ohio, South Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Puerto Rico, Washington, Missouri and New Mexico.
Mahany says the firm is actively investigating Molina’s business practices in those states and urge physicians who feel they were underpaid to contact him. Nurses, billing clerks and others with knowledge of other wrongdoing at the company are also urged to call.
MahanyLaw is proud to partner with Hispanic Lives Matter and pursue those that would cheat doctors and other healthcare providers. The folks most affected by the lawsuit are those public service minded doctors who choose to care for the most vulnerable of our citizens.
Molina Healthcare – The Fine Print
The lawsuit was just filed on December 30th. While we believe all allegations to be true, Molina has not yet had its day in court.
The lawsuit was initiated by MahanyLaw and filed with the assistance of our local counsel and class partners, Barnes Law (Los Angeles) and O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C. (Milwaukee). MahanyLaw is a prime supporter of Hispanic Lives Matter.