Earlier this [month], former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified in the corruption trial of former Senator Robert Menendez.
According to Sebelius, she was pulled into an “unusual” meeting regarding an $8.9 million billing dispute between Menendez’s friend and benefactor, Dr. Salomon Melgen, and Medicare. The meeting occurred in the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, with Reid present.
Though Dr. Melgen’s name apparently wasn’t mentioned during the meeting, Menendez tried to persuade Sebelius to change the applicable billing policy. Melgen apparently was the only provider demanding a change in this policy and involved in a payment dispute over it. Moreover, Sebelius knew he was a crony of Menendez. That’s why, according to her testimony, she avoided Menendez. Thus, Sebelius understood what the New Jersey Senator wanted, and why.