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State shuts down Jeanerette Mayor's company

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A home health company owned by Jeanerette's mayor has been ordered to stop billing Medicaid.

The state Department of Health mailed a letter to JABA Enterprises on Friday. KATC TV3 received a copy of the letter today. You can read it by scrolling down.

In the letter, LDH states that JABA can't bill Medicaid anything after February 2 because of violations of the health plan's rules and for overbilling Medicaid by nearly $200,000. If JABA does try to bill Medicaid while it is "excluded" from the program, that would be a crime - a felony - the letter states. 

The letter alleges that JABA: 

  • Failed to conduct mandatory supervisor visits
  • Didn't have adequate documentation to support its bills 
  • Didn't complete service logs - or didn't create them at all 
  • Failed to conduct mandatory sanction checks
  • Couldn't provide documentation that employees met annual training requirements
  • Couldn't provide proof of annual employee evaluations
  • Performed services that weren't approved 

The letter refers to "numerous" investigations of JABA since October 2011 until today, listing thousands of dollars in penalties and rule violations. 

Those cases, together with an "integrity" audit that was performed, show that JABA "and its ownership have a consistent pattern of violating" Medicaid rules,. the letter states. 

JABA's ownership has failed to comply with federal and state laws, rules and regulations that apply to Medicaid, and also has presented, tried to present or "conspired to present false, fraudulent, fictitious or misleading claims" or bills to Medicaid, the letter states. 

Foulcard told KATC the company received a fax today, but didn't say what the fax consisted of. She also said all questions should be referred to the company's attorney. 

Jeanerette Mayor Aprill Foulcard is both a registered agent and officer of JABA Enterprises, according to the Secretary of State. Last summer, several JABA Enterprises employees were arrested and booked with Medicaid fraud. To read that story, click here

Foulcard also has come under fire because the city's finances are in complete disarray. To read our most recent story about that case, in which the state is in the process of appointing someone to take over control of the city's operations and finances, click here

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