REGISTER VIEWPOINT: Hold judgment on Perkins insurance payments

The numbers are in. Now the investigation has to take its course. A year-long special state audit reve
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

The numbers are in.

Now the investigation has to take its course.

A year-long special state audit revealed 14 current and retired employees of Perkins schools received overpayments from health care reimbursements during a seven-year period.

Overpayments ranged from $472 to more than $6,000, generally in the form of reimbursements made by one provider to cover expenses already reimbursed by another provider.

All 14 employees repaid the money upon being notified of the overpayments.

Now it's up to Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler -- stepping in after Erie County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter recused himself, having enrolled his son in Perkins schools under open enrollment -- to determine what, if any, criminal charges are necessary.

That's where it should stand, and where we should hold our opinions, until Leffler finished with his investigation in what he says will be a few weeks.

The usual lines have been drawn -- attackers and defenders, those who will never be convinced of anything but rank dishonesty on the employees' part, and those who won't simply won't stand for any questioning of a teacher's character.

For our part, we're prepared to hear either answer -- or a combination of the two. Is fraud possible?

Who hasn't been tempted to get what they can out of the insurance companies, especially with medical costs being what they are?

On the other hand, who hasn't been confused by the flurries of duplicative and sometimes contradictory paperwork that greets any attempt to pay for medical services, or get them paid for?

Let Leffler do his work. However he decides, there'll be something to talk about then.