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

May 20, 2013
Contact: Megan Hanson, (512) 463-0112

HOUSE PASSES SB 8 TO ELIMINATE MEDICAID FRAUD IN TEXAS

AUSTIN — The Texas House of Representatives today passed SB 8 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, which enhances the state's ability to detect and prevent Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse. It establishes a unit at the Health and Human Services Commission to identify anomalies and red flags, confirms the Office of Inspector General's authority to investigate fraud and strengthens policies against fraudulent practices.

"Medicaid fraud robs us of resources we desperately need to help those who truly need them," said Senator Nelson. "SB 8 will help to ensure that every dollar we spend for Medicaid is going to honest providers who provide proper services. It will also help us crack down on those who are defrauding the system and taking advantage of our Medicaid population. Texas cannot afford to let even one cent go towards fraud, waste and abuse.

The bill will now return to the Senate where differences between the House and Senate versions will be discussed and agreed upon before being sent to the Governor for his signature.

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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