Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
Amends the "Public Assistance Fraud" and "Administration"
Articles of the Public Aid Code. Replaces provisions concerning
penalty for a second offense of public assistance fraud. Provides
that for a first offense of fraud related to Medicaid or the provision
of health care services, a person may be suspended from eligibility to
participate in the Medicaid program for a period not to exceed one
year. For a second or subsequent offense of fraud related to Medicaid
or the provision of health care services, a person shall be suspended
from eligibility to participate in the Medicaid program for a period
not to exceed one year. Replaces provisions concerning withholding of
payments to vendors under the Medicaid program. Provides that the
Department of Public Aid may temporarily withhold payments to a
vendor if there has been fraud on the part of the vendor or if an
officer or owner of the vendor has been charged with a felony offense
related to fraud under the Medicaid or Medicare program or in
connection with the provision of health care services. Requires the
Inspector General within the Department of Public Aid to make annual
(now, quarterly) reports to the General Assembly and the Governor
concerning investigations into reports of fraud and other misconduct.
SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1.
Replaces amendatory provisions concerning penalties for public
aid fraud. Provides that a person may be suspended from eligibility
for public aid for a first violation of the Public Aid Code fraud
provisions or a substantially similar federal or other state law.
Restores provision of current law providing for ineligibility for
public aid for a second such violation, and also makes ineligibility
the penalty for a subsequent violation. Deletes amendatory provisions
added by bill concerning temporary withholding of payments to a vendor
on account of fraud on the part of the vendor. Restores provisions of
current law concerning withholding of payments to a vendor during the
pendency of a proceeding.
FISCAL NOTE (Dpt. of Public Aid)
SB1711 would not have a fiscal impact.
There will be no population or fiscal impact.
No decrease or increase in the need for the number of judges.
STATE MANDATES ACT FISCAL NOTE
Fails to create a State mandate.
HOME RULE NOTE
The bill fails to preempt home rule authority.
Last action on Bill: PUBLIC ACT.............................. 90-0725
Last action date: 98-08-07
Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE - 0 SENATE - 1
END OF INQUIRY
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