Alleged Medicaid Program in Greensboro: Program informed prospects they didn’t need to move drug assessments to get housing
A woman affected by a potential Medicaid program told WFMY News 2 that she was told to lie about substance abuse in order to qualify for housing.
GREENSBORO, NC – We learn about an alleged Medicaid program that came to light less than two weeks ago after a power outage at Georgetown Manor Apartments on Overland Heights.
The Greensboro Housing Coalition says the possible scheme works like this: people who received Medicaid took drug abuse classes in exchange for a roof over their heads.
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One woman says she attended these courses but had to use drugs to get help.
Julie Everhart and her husband David Fields said they were staying at the Travel Inn in Greensboro when they heard about a program being held there a few months ago.
She said it offered free or discounted accommodation in exchange for help: clients had to attend a certain number of courses per week at a local agency that focused on helping with substance abuse and mental illness. The agency would then bill Medicaid.
“So I went to see this because I’m mentally ill,” said Everhart. “I tried to get involved, made an assessment and waited two weeks. Nothing happened.”
Everhart says she spoke to someone earlier on the United Youth Care Services-run program and asked why she hadn’t heard anything.
“He said they wouldn’t qualify me for a condo because I told them I didn’t have a problem with substance abuse,” Everhart said.
She says to lie and say she used drugs and abused alcohol.
“Basically [I had to] let them know or believe that I had chronic substance abuse problems, be it alcohol or drugs, and I had to have at least two chronic ones, “she said.
Then, says Everhart, it escalated.
She says someone from the United Care Youth Service told her she didn’t have to pass a drug test.
“If you come back with three clean tests in a row, you have booted out of the program,” said Everhart.
The mother of four says she always had the feeling that it was a sketchy program, but did not want to endanger the living situation of her family.
She and her husband left the Travel Inn on Friday without going anywhere.
Now she wants to warn others in a vulnerable position – to be aware.
“They don’t want us or any of the other clients who have drug problems – they don’t want them to get clean because once they are clean they can leave the program and they will no longer receive benefits in terms of being able to.” be getting the money off the Medicaid bill, “Everhart said.
United Youth Care Services sent WFMY News 2 a statement on the allegations on Tuesday. It reads in part:
“United Youth Care Services categorically denies the many allegations made against them regarding Medicaid fraud and inadequate care for their customers. United Youth Care Services will continue to address these allegations in the appropriate courts available to a North Carolina corporation “serving the vulnerable population of Guilford County.”
The state’s Department of Health is investigating the situation at the Georgetown Manor Apartments – also in connection with this possible plan.
The city sentenced 12 units at Georgetown Manor last week. According to the inspectors, there have been more than 100 rule violations on the property.
City planners also say the property was cited last week for a zoning violation because the property operated as a transitional or transitional apartment but is currently designated for multi-family homes. According to the city, only commercial properties can operate this type of housing.
The inspectors will hold a public hearing on these apartments on July 16.
We will continue to follow this developing story.