Raia to Serve on Assembly Minority Task Forces

Assemblyman appointed to small business, Medicaid fraud panels
February 16, 2006

Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,C,I,WF-Northport) today announced his appointment to Assembly minority task forces dealing with small businesses and Medicaid program waste. Each task force, comprised of Assembly minority members who represent the many diverse regions of New York, is charged with developing initiatives that further the legislative goals of the minority conference.

“I am looking forward to working hard with my colleagues to provide practical solutions to some of the most important issues facing New York state,” said Raia. “It is very important that we reach out to the small business community so we can develop and introduce appropriate legislation that would foster economic growth.”

Raia noted the goal of the Assembly Minority Task Force on Small Business is to gather input on state government policies that impede the development of small businesses and recommend proposals that would either remove those obstacles or foster commercial growth.

“Tackling Medicaid fraud and abuse is an equally important job, considering fraudulent claims and wasteful spending by recipients and providers account for approximately 10 percent of overall costs,” said Raia.

The Assembly Minority Task Force on Medicaid Fraud, Waste and Abuse is focused on the devastating effect wasteful Medicaid spending has on state and municipal governments. It will gather information and investigate the Medicaid system to enhance initiatives aimed at combating skyrocketing costs.