Attorneys General Ask Congress to Improve States Ability Combat Abuse and Neglect of Medicaid Patients

Attorney General Andy Beshear and a bipartisan group of 48 other state and territory attorneys general asked Congress on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, to eliminate federal restrictions that limit their states’ ability to investigate and prosecute the abuse and neglect of Medicaid beneficiaries. The letter was sent to US Representatives Tim Walberg, of Michigan, and Peter Welch, of Vermont, in support of their legislation, HR 3891, which would expand the authority of state Medicaid Fraud Control Units to detect, investigate and prosecute Medicaid patient abuse in non-institutional settings. Beshear said Kentucky families need congress to change out-of-date laws so that his office can pursue more cases of abuse and neglect of Medicaid patients. Currently, Beshear’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates and prosecutes Medicaid provider fraud, resident abuse complaints in Medicaid-funded health care facilities and receives and reviews abuse and neglect complaints through the Elder Abuse Hotline.

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