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Medicaid Providers Owe $791 Million in Taxes, U.S. Says

Doctors, dentists and other health providers in three states owed $791 million in back taxes while they collected $6.6 billion in 2009 from Medicaid, the insurance program for the poor, government investigators found.

About 7,000 health providers in Florida, Texas and New York owed back taxes while collecting payments from Medicaid, the U.S.-state coverage plan, the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, said in a report today. Thirty-two of the providers owed more than $1 million and collected more than $1 million in payments, the GAO said, without naming them.