Bachmann's husband received over 137,000 dollars in Medicaid funds
Washington, June 30: A mental health clinic run by Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann's husband has been collecting annual Medicaid payments totaling over 137,000 dollars for the treatment of patients, it has been revealed.
The previously unreported payments are on top of the 24,000 dollars in federal and state funds that Bachmann and Associates, the clinic founded by Marcus Bachmann, received in recent years under a state grant to train its employees, the Daily News reports.
The Tea Party favorite insists that her family has not directly received government aid.
"My husband and I did not get the money," Michele said during a television interview.
She said the funding was solely for employee training purposes.It was one-time training money that came from the federal government. And it certainly didn't help our clinic," she added.
The congresswoman's spokesperson Alice Stewart said that Bachmann and Associates did accept Medicaid funding because it would be "discriminatory" not to do so.
"As a state-sponsored counseling service, Bachmann and Associates has a responsibility to provide Medicaid and medical assistance, regardless of a patients financial situation," said Stewart.
Michele has been an outspoken critic of Medicaid and federal spending programs during her time in office.
She demanded that Democratic Governor Mark Dayton cancel his planned expansion of Medicaid for 95,000 Minnesotans earlier this year, claiming that the plan would add "recipients to the welfare roll at a very great cost."
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