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Menendez Arranged a Rare Meeting With Obama’s Health Secretary, Jury Is Told

  • Ex-HHS secretary recalls senator’s request on Medicare policy
  • Melgen faced $8.9 million overbilling charge by government
Senator Robert Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, center, arrives at federal court with his children Alicia Menendez, left, and Robert Jr. Menendez in Newark, New Jersey, on Sept. 6, 2017.

Senator Robert Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, center, arrives at federal court with his children Alicia Menendez, left, and Robert Jr. Menendez in Newark, New Jersey, on Sept. 6, 2017.

Photographer: Louis Lanzano/Bloomberg
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Senator Robert Menendez took the rare step of arranging a meeting with an Obama cabinet secretary to criticize a Medicare policy at the heart of a billing dispute between his close friend and the U.S. government, jurors at the lawmaker’s bribery trial were told.

Kathleen Sebelius, the former Secretary of Health and Human Services, testified Tuesday that the meeting with Menendez was the only time in her five years of running the department when a billing dispute reached her level.