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Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 6:33 am

The Seneca Nation is seeking millions of dollars in restitution from the federal government of health care fees not paid to more than 2,000 of the tribe’s members.

Top Seneca officials announced Monday the Nation filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Sept. 10 alleging department officials under-counted by 12,150 visits the number of Seneca patients receiving federally-funded health care between 2010 and 2011.

The Senecas are seeking reimbursement of $7.5 million plus interest for the two years of the undercount. In addition, the tribe is also looking to be repaid for attorney fees.

The amount sought is based on the Senecas’ calculation of the $1,855.65 fee per-patient multiplied by the 2,034 patients that were not counted by the health department.

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