2006-06-30 / Community

Titus Appointed To Med

Assemblywoman Michele R. Titus has been appointed by Speaker Sheldon Silver to an Assembly/Senate joint taskforce to combat Medicaid fraud, including the creation of a Medicaid Inspector General and stricter penalties for offenders.

"Medicaid fraud not only wastes taxpayer dollars, it robs our must vulnerable the sick, disabled and elderlyof the care they need," Assemblywoman Titus said. "Cracking down on Medicaid fraud will help protect people in need of care as well as taxpayers by punishing those who intentionally defraud the health care plan."

Assemblywoman Titus noted that the Assembly's call for a conference committee was essential in getting the Senate to negotiate in the light of day and reach an agreement on this vital issue.

The Legislature agreed to create the Office of Medicaid Inspector General to uncover and combat fraud and abuse in the state's Medicaid system. The legislative agreement also creates five new crimes, including four felonies, to fight Medicaid fraud and help prosecutors do their jobs. These health care fraud offenses include corresponding fines and penalties that range from up to a year in jail, to 25 years in prison.

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