Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
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NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 19, 2013
Contact: Megan Hanson, (512) 463-0112

SENATE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE APPROVES MEDICAID FRAUD BILL

AUSTIN — The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services today unanimously approved SB 8 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to eliminate the epidemic levels of fraud, waste and abuse in our Medicaid system. The bill now moves to the full Senate for further consideration.

"We must ensure that the money we are spending on Medicaid is going to services that Texans actually need and receive, and not to criminals who are defrauding the system," said Senator Nelson. "Every dollar that goes to fraud, waste or abuse is a dollar we can't spend on someone who truly needs it."

SB 8 confronts Medicaid fraud, which is so rampant that the Office of Inspector General has identified more than $6 billion in fraud and waste between 2004 and 2011 by:

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services.

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