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Walberg, Welch Reintroduce Medicaid Patient Abuse Prevention Act

January 4, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representatives Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Peter Welch (D-VT) yesterday reintroduced bipartisan legislation to better identify Medicaid provider fraud and protect patients who are served by the program. 
“I’m pleased to kick off this new term with a common sense bill that has broad, bipartisan support,” said Walberg. “Medicaid Fraud Control Units are a vital instrument of justice for rooting out fraud and protecting beneficiaries from abuse and neglect. Our bipartisan bill strengthens these fraud units’ investigative abilities, helping to safeguard vulnerable patients and ensure an efficient use of taxpayer dollars.”
“Medicaid provides vital health care services to over a third of Vermonters, including low-income seniors,” said Welch. “This bipartisan initiative will empower state attorneys general to crack down on bad actors exploiting Vermonters, while ensuring Medicaid remains an efficient and effective program.”
H.R. 233, the Medicaid Patient Abuse Prevention Act, broadens the authority of Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs) to identify, investigate, and prosecute possible patient abuse or neglect in non-institutional settings like home health care. Under current law, MFCUs, which operate in 49 States and the District of Columbia, are only authorized to investigate abuse at health care facilities receiving Medicaid payments.