Thu April 5, 2012
Republicans Warn of Fraud
Top Republicans say new information shows there is significant fraud among the state’s public safety net programs.
State officials are examining the value of the data.
A private healthcare contractor voluntarily reviewed New Hampshire’s social service programs for fraud earlier this year.
The organization LexisNexis reports that 56 dead people currently receive Medicaid benefits and that 2% of Food Stamp and Medicaid recipients don’t have a state driver’s license.
House Speaker Bill O’Brien says this information has a corrosive effect on state government.
“Nothing and I repeat, nothing gets folks more angry and fired than to see someone get tax payer funded public assistance when that person is not entitled to it.”
O’Brien urged the Senate to pass legislation that calls for strict new verification standards for people enrolled in these programs.
HHS officials point out there are already has many safeguards built in to combat fraud.
Federal data shows this is not a significant problem in New Hampshire.