The Assembly this week passed legislation aimed at combating fraud in the state Medicaid program. This bipartisan measure will identify and tackle the rising problem of Medicaid fraud and abuse in New York state.
Provisions in the legislation include establishment of the Office of Medicaid Inspector General, increased criminal penalties for individuals found guilty of health care fraud, and granting municipalities civil damages and a percentage of amounts collected in Medicaid fraud cases.
Over the course of this year’s legislative session, we fought to pass legislation that would protect the hard-working taxpayers of our state. This legislation marks an important step toward achieving this goal and also works to return integrity and honesty to New York’s Medicaid program.