Senate to Vote Today on Medicaid Fraud Bill

WHEELING– It’s approximated 5-20 cents of every $1 paid in Medicaid funds is invested in inefficient claims, which might indicate West Virginia is losing as much as $100 million a year due to Medicaid scams, inning accordance with details offered by the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office.

Now the power to examine reports of Medicaid abuse might go to the attorney general of the United States’s workplace under a costs before the state Legislature.

Senate Bill 500 is anticipated to have its 3rd reading and be voted on today in the Senate.

The step would move the power to examine Medicaid claims from the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit under the Department of Health and Human Resources to the workplace of the attorney general of the United States.

Attorney generals of the United States manage Medicaid scams examinations in 43 of the 50 states, inning accordance with West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

He stated even by conservative quotes, West Virginia’s Medicaid program might be losing $100 million each year due to scams.

The DHHR’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has actually reported recuperating simply $40 million throughout the previous 2 years, inning accordance with Morrisey.

” This suggests that we’re leaving a great deal of money on the table,” he stated.

Sen. Ryan Weld, D-Brooke, stated legislators have actually become progressively mindful over the last few years that the quantity of Medicaid scams recovery in West Virginia isn’t really at the level it ought to be. They then spoke with Morrisey on ways to enhance the state’s techniques.

” Over the previous couple of years, we’ve seen we have not been doing too in examinations as we might have been doing. When we had a look at the options, we saw a great deal of states put Medicaid examinations under their chief law officer,” Weld stated. “We had talks with Morrisey on ways to bring examinations to his workplace. He had concepts on the best ways to enhance the system, and believed it may be a smart idea for the attorney general of the United States to enhance examinations. We needed to gathering to find a way.”.

And Morrisey’s workplace reports it has actually had success examining impairment scams within the Social Security system.

Its Cooperative Disability Investigations Unit, in collaboration with the Social Security Administration, has actually produced $2.5 million in forecasted cost savings for state and federal governments throughout its very first year of operation, inning accordance with information offered by the workplace.

If gone by the Senate today, SB 500 will carry on to your home of Delegates.