Welch Unveils Bill to Combat Medicaid Fraud
MONTPELIER, Vt. – Today at the Vermont State House, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) unveiled his bipartisan legislation to combat Medicaid fraud and abuse and protect those served by the program from being exploited by fraudulent actors. The bill is expected to be approved by a key House committee this week and move quickly to the House floor for final approval.
Joining Welch at the press conference were Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan and Secretary of Human Services Al Gobeille.
“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.”
Welch’s legislation would expand the authority of state Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs) to detect, investigate, and prosecute fraud and abuse in non-institutional settings like home health care. Under current law, MFCUs are only authorized to investigate fraud and abuse in health care facilities.
Welch is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee which is expected to approve the bill, H.R. 3891, this week and send it to the House floor for action this fall. The bill was co-authored by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.).