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Attorney General to Congress: Let States Help Battle COVID-19-Related Medicaid Scams

  • Citing the growing number of COVID-19-related scams, Kansas AG Derek Schmidt urged Congress to expand the authority of states to investigate and prosecute fraud and abuse perpetrated against Medicaid beneficiaries.
  • In his testimony before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade and Consumer Protection, AG Schmidt argued for the passage of the Medicaid Patient Abuse Prevention Act (S. 2379) which would repeal a statute restricting state Medicaid Fraud Control Units (“MFCUs”) from handling cases involving Medicaid beneficiaries not residing in institutions, and thereby would allow MFCUs to share the burden of the high volume of COVID-19-related scams and abuse cases with federal law enforcement.
  • The House of Representatives passed its version of the bill, H.R.233, in 2019.