Jan. 21, 2016 — Jack Hill’s come a long way. For his first Senate campaign in 1990, he vowed not to take donations over $100. After serving three terms, his 1996 re-election bid raised $3,050 — less than any other senator.
Now, Hill raises more than $100,000 a year in political donations because, as Senate Appropriations chair, he’s one of the guys that everyone sucks up to. Hospitals, nursing homes, doctors, dentists and other medical providers — all dependent on state Medicaid reimbursements that Hill’s committee oversees — are prominent among the top contributors to his campaign fund.
Former Thomasville hospital CEO Ken Beverly was convicted of Medicaid fraud on Wednesday, two years after he cashed out with a $6.3 million retirement package. The feds charged Beverly and the hospital’s ex-CFO fabricated records so Archbold could collect more Medicaid money. In doing so, a federal prosecutor said, large pensions were “first and foremost on their minds.”