New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says state taxpayers laid out thousands of dollars to pay for erectile dysfunction drugs for sex offenders.

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An audit by the comptroller's office released June 5 shows over $930,000 paid out of the state's publicly-funded Medicaid program to Medicaid recipients for sexual treatments from 2012-2018, over $63,000 in funds going to treatments for sex offenders.

Federal and state law bans payments for sexual treatments to any Medicaid recipient.

The news release from DiNapoli's office says the Democrat is calling for changes to make sure taxpayer dollars are not being misused for banned medical treatments.

The Associated Press Reports health officials as saying erectile dysfunction drugs can be used to treat other conditions, including prostate problems.

But auditors discount that, saying in many cases the sex offenders who received the drugs had no relevant diagnosis.


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