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House Panel on Medicaid Fraud Comes to Springfield

A House panel will be in Springfield Wednesday to take testimony on how lawmakers can reduce Medicaid fraud. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

A House panel will be in Springfield Wednesday to take testimony on how lawmakers can reduce Medicaid fraud.

The issue is a contentious one that split the House and Senate during the regular legislative session.

Governor Matt Blunt has said he will call lawmakers into a special session to re-store healthcare for some disabled workers if lawmakers can agree on a Medicaid fraud bill.

Representative Rob Schaaf is a family physician and chairman of the House Special Committee on Healthcare Facilities.

He says his committee is coming to Springfield tomorrow to hear from a wide range of people.

One attorney has already weighed in on the issue.

Chris Koster is an attorney and a state senator who represents three counties south of Kansas City.

He says Missouri would become eligible for some federal money if it would allow lawyers to move forward with cases of Medicaid fraud.

But the chairman of the House committee, Representative Rob Schaaf says there would be serious consequences if the state allowed private attorneys to initiate lawsuits involving Medicaid fraud.

During the regular legislative session, Schaaf opposed Koster's efforts to allow attorneys to be involved.

Schaaf says he favors letting the Missouri Attorney General handle Medicaid fraud cases since it is in the state's interest to bring suit.

While Schaaf contends that allowing attorneys to bring Medicaid fraud lawsuits will discourage doctors from taking Medicaid patients, Koster disagrees.

If you'd like to weigh in on the issue of Medicaid fraud, the House Special Committee on Healthcare Facilities will be in Springfield at the Jordan Valley Community Health Center tomorrow at 1PM.