Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

It's Time to Crack Down on Medicaid Fraud

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

It's Time to Crack Down on Medicaid Fraud

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Lawmakers should give attorney general shot at fixing the problem

Reprinted from the Exponent Telegram, Clarksburg.

West Virginia spends about $4 billion a year on the Medicaid program, with about one-fourth of that coming from state taxpayers. More than 554,000 Mountain State residents rely on Medicaid. With that many people and that much money involved, it is inevitable that some people will decide to cheat. Even a minuscule percentage of people collecting benefits fraudulently means millions of dollars lost to taxpayers.

A $1.57 million unit in the Department of Health and Human Resources is supposed to police the Medicaid program. But state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey thinks his office can do better.

"Our state is not doing the basics going after Medicaid fraud, Morrisey told legislators last week. …

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