Medicaid Fraud Hearing

1 decade 2 months 1 week ago July 20, 2006 Jul 20, 2006 Thursday, July 20 2006 Thursday, July 20, 2006 6:43:01 PM CDT in News

The state medical service director said 1% fraud in Medicaid payments would amount to $60 million. But, critics said the bill would cheat doctors and leave them open to numerous lawsuits.

"It smacks of vigilantism, and we fear it will create a lottery like bounty-hunter mentality that will drive physicians out of the Medicaid program," said Jerry Kennett of the Missouri Heart Center.

Others also worry the Ticket to Work program will mean more people on Medicaid, even though the number of participating doctors is decreasing. The program weans people off Medicaid to private insurance while letting them work.

"I'm hoping that the governor and the Senate are not drawing a line in the sand and saying it's a take it or leave it proposition on the Senate version of fraud to get the Ticket to Work bill," said Republican Rep. Mark Wright of Springfield.

By holding these meetings, the committee hopes there can be a compromise between the House and the Senate versions of the bill. Schaaf and other representatives hope Gov. Blunt will call a special legislative session in September to sort out the Medicaid problem.

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