New state budget adds staff for Medicaid fraud eligibility investigations


The state is beefing up efforts to investigate Medicaid eligibility fraud, something that Kansas regulators have largely overlooked for years.

The state's new budget calls for adding $340,000 to the Medicaid inspector general's office to hire staff dedicated to investigating Medicaid eligibility fraud.

Medicaid Inspector General Steve Anderson warned lawmakers early in the legislative session that the state hadn't allocated resources for conducting Medicaid fraud eligibility investigations, even as the number of fraud complaints has been steadily rising.

"Eligibility fraud investigations have been ignored for several years," Anderson told the KanCare oversight committee in February.

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