California leaders demand federal investigation into Nevada patient dumping
California leaders are calling for a federal investigation into allegations of patient dumping out of Las Vegas.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- California leaders are calling for a federal investigation into allegations of patient dumping out of Las Vegas.
Congressman Ami Bera sent a letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Attorney General on Tuesday calling for an investigation into the accusations.
Twenty other California Congress members also signed on to the letter, calling the practice "unethical and disgraceful."
Bera's letter states that if true, the practice of patient dumping may constitute a violation of federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act. Furthermore, placing patients on a bus with a one-way ticket qualifies as "interstate kidnapping in violation of federal statute."
California congress members say Nevada's use of federal funding for patient treatment could be a violation of the Medicaid statute.
The letter asks the Dept. of Health and Human Services and the Attorney General's office to report back within 30 days on the status on their investigation.