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Medicaid Competitor Alleges Jeff Thompson Got Special Treatment

A former competitor to alleged mayoral "shadow campaign" financier Jeff Thompson's Medicaid managed care organization says Thompson's Chartered Health Plan received improper special treatment from city officials in 2004.

Advantage Healthplan, the competitor, is currently in a long-running legal dispute with the District before the Contract Appeals Board, where it's seeking damages that could add to the total amount the city is paying to extricate itself from its relationship with Thompson.

According to Advantage, the city improperly helped Thompson's Chartered in two ways. First, it gave Chartered a larger-than-required share of new Medicaid enrollees who did not specify an MCO they wanted to join. Advantage says the undecideds should have been equally distributed among four MCOs who had contracts with the city at the time.

Second: Advantage alleges the city abruptly canceled its contract with Advantage for no proper reason. Advantage suggests this move was motivated by then-city administrator Robert Bobb's desire to give Chartered a bigger share of the city's Medicaid market. In CAB records, Advantage says there were "substantial political and financial ties between" Thompson and Bobb. Those ties include campaign donations from Thompson's network of donors (including Jeanne Clarke Harris, the Thompson associate who pleaded guilty last summer to running a large straw donor scheme) when Bobb ran for school board president in 2006, and contracts Bobb awarded Thompson's former accounting firm while Bobb ran Detroit's school system.

The president of Advantage says he first found out his company's contract wasn't going to be extended not from city officials, but from Thompson, who called and offered to buy Advantage's share of Medicaid clients.

The city says Advantage's claims are meritless and tried last year to block Bobb from being deposed.

Says Bobb: "Those guys are bald-faced liars. ... I don't even remember them."

Advantage lawyers did not return calls seeking comment.

The dispute with Advantage is taking place while the city tries to sell Chartered, which it took control of last year, to Philadelphia-based AmeriHealth Mercy. That transaction has the potential to be costly to the city's taxpayers, as Chartered has more than $40 million in liabilities that AmeriHealth isn't going to assume.

Photo courtesy of Charles Parsons

  • nurseinDC

    God help D.C. residents dependent on Medicaid for their medical care. The D.C. government plays with their lives.

  • Drez

    One of the largest minority owned companies in the US was given special treatment in DC? And it's the same one that pumped 6, 7 (really who knows how many) hundreds of thousands of dollars into local political races?
    This surprises who?

  • RealDC

    DC should be the "greenest" city in the world because we "recycle" more bamas than anybody.

    Robert Bobb, Jeanne Harris, Jeff Thompson, oh the list goes on and on... Can these bamas get a real job, away from government or government contractors?

    The Ant Hill Mob got nothing on these bamas, they keep coming back and coming back and coming back........broke a$$ pols trying to get over!!

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  • Taurus

    Bob Bobb is as crooked as they make 'em. Now it turns out John Ray is Thompson's "attorney". This means the whole thing has been dirty from the get go. How could Vince Gray not have known that?

  • Medifraud

    It is all so tainted. My guess is that collusion with this crowd is the only reason that fraud mill,
    Medstar Washington Hospital Center, is even allowed to open their doors. How else can you explain a filthy, incredibly poorly run, infection besotted, toxice waste dump being able to operate as a medical facility.

    I agree, John Ray's involvement probably means these schemes were all part of the profiteering around the closure of D.C. General. Thompson always has this look on his face that conveys he can't believe he has been caught. I guess having John Ray in his back pocket for so long gave him a false sense of security.

    To think we almost elected Ray as Mayor. Marion was clearly a better choice.

  • Ward 1

    I always think Jeffrey Thompson looks too stupid to have masterminded these operations, the look of shocked incredulity on his mug lends credence to my thinking. It is like he can't quite believe that his handlers are selling him down the river.

    Me, too on the Ray thing. My guess is he is there for damage control at the behest of the silent partners. What is the name of that guy that is all mobbed up with Marion in the for profit prisons schemes, something Johnson as I remember. Smoot Construction, check that out too. That is the level these frauds are being executed from. Thompson is just a dumb stooge easily compromised for chump change - why did he have to sell his building so quickly in a fire sale if "he" had been profiting from fraud at this level? They have bagmen running all over the city.

    BobBobb is also just a front man and lackey. If you ever talk to him you quickly become amazed at (at least I did) total lack of there, there. It heartening though that they are floating him again given how poorly he actually performed the last time he circled D.C. politics. Makes me hopeful that the murky pool of dirty pols must be pretty shallow if this is the best they can do.

  • http://robertbobbgroup.com/services/financial-and-organizational-turnaround/ Azazael

    Perhaps Chartered/DC should hire The Robert Bobb Group to perform a "Financial and Organizational Turnaround". With truly accomplished guys like Robert Bobb and Patrick Bobb (graduated with honors from UDC, IMPRESSIVE) taxpayers could get fleeced multiple times by the same crooks. It is the least we can do for the man who claims one of his greatest turnarounds was DCPS where his "immediate cost-cutting measures reduced the deficit by $86.8 million by June 2009."

    Check this out for a good laugh (I like how he trys to rip off Obama's Forward logo on the banner): http://robertbobbgroup.com/about-us/robert-c-bobb/

    John L Ray, the no good carpet bagger, as the Thompson attorney is fitting. Birds of a feather...

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    Robert Bobb..Check out all his emails and you will find whole sale shenanigans...

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  • southeast lady

    John L. Ray. I thought he was dead. He ran for mayor--thinking, he knew he would; however, he lost. I thought he had learned his lesson. No one trusts him. Why don't he get out of the way.

  • southeast lady


    Sorry, about my previous blog.

    John Ray I thought he had left the stage. When he had for Mayor and of course did not win. He was surprised as Hell.

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    Just saying.