Medicaid fraud in Texas

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has a story outlining Medicaid fraud in Texas. An investigation [summary | full report in pdf ] by the Government Accountability Office found dead doctors writing prescriptions and dead patients receiving medication. Much of the fraud supported prescription drug abuse.medicaid

People often forget that Medicaid and many similar programs are administered through state governments. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is blamed in this case for not providing adequate supervision despite the fact that the Legislature has given the commission’s inspectors general office additional funds for investigators. The story is a good illustration of how the state governments shares responsibility  with the national government in  modern federalism.

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