New York’s publicly funded Medicaid program paid more than $63,000 for erectile dysfunction drugs and other sexual treatments for sex offenders, despite laws banning such expenses.
The figures come from an audit released Wednesday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and first reported by The Associated Press. The scathing audit blames a lack of oversight in the state’s Medicaid program.
“I think everyone in the public sector should be embarrassed by this report,” said Gates Police Chief James VanBrederode.
He said when a registered sex offender moves into a neighborhood, people pick up the phone and call police.