Bill to prevent Medicaid abuse passes Ala. House

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 23, 2013 at 9:11 am •  Published: February 23, 2013

Medicaid providers who violate the law, if approved by the Senate and signed by the governor, would be prevented from participating in the program for three years.

The bill would expand the statute of limitations for prosecution of anyone committing Medicaid fraud from three to six years. That means that prosecutors could file charges within six years of the time the crime was committed, instead of only three.

The bill calls for Medicaid investigators to be given access to the Department of Public Health's controlled substance prescription database to help pinpoint instances of fraud and abuse by Medicaid providers and benefit recipients. It also sets aside $250,000 for the attorney general's Medicaid fraud control unit and $1 million for the Alabama Medicaid Agency for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2014.

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