Medicaid fraud

The House Courts and Criminal Code Committee heard HB 1401 regarding Medicaid fraud authored by Rep. Washburne and Rep. Bacon. This bill clarifies current law by including knowingly or intentionally making, uttering, presenting, or causing to be presented to the Medicaid program a Medicaid claim that is false or misleading to the definition of Medicaid fraud. Rep. Washburne introduced an amendment adopted by Committee consent further clarifying the application of the new definition. The Office of the Attorney General testified in support of this bill. An additional amendment was adopted by consent that the Medicaid claim must be “materially” false or misleading to qualify as Medicaid fraud. The amended bill passed 12-0.

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