No Viagra Payments to Sex Offenders Here

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The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services began notifying states Monday they do not have to pay for medications to improve the erectile dysfunction of convicted rapists and other high-risk sex offenders.

The New York comptroller's office says audits from 2000 through March of this year found 198 sex offenders there received Medicaid-reimbursements for Viagra. Florida found similar payments to 218 sex offenders.

Congress and the Bush administration are looking for a way to close the loophole in the law that makes the payments possible.