The Missouri Republican Party just launched an attack against fiscal responsibility in favor of Medicaid fraudsters and partisan games.
WHEN KOSTER WAS A REPUBLICAN HE SPONSORED A BILL INCREASING PENALTIES FOR MEDICAID FRAUD
Koster Sponsored SB 1210, Which “Authorizes Individuals To Sue For Medicaid Fraud, And Modifies Various Provisions Relating To The Reporting And Investigation Of Such Fraud.” “HCS/SS/SCS/SBs 1210, 1244 & 844 – This act provides that a person commits a “knowing” violation of sections prohibiting Medicaid fraud if he or she has actual knowledge of the information, acts in deliberate ignorance of the truth or falsity of the information, or acts in reckless disregard of the truth or falsity of the information, but provides that use of the terms “knowing” or “knowingly” shall be construed to include the term “intentionally”. Current law provides that any person committing such a violation shall be guilty of a Class D felony upon a first conviction, and shall be guilty of a Class C felony upon subsequent convictions; this act provides that such person shall be guilty of a Class C felony upon a first conviction, and shall be guilty of a Class B felony upon subsequent convictions. Any natural person who has been convicted of such violations shall be referred to the Office of the Inspector General within the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Any natural person who willfully prevents, obstructs, misleads, delays, or attempts to do any of the aforementioned with regard to communication of information relating to a violation of Medicaid fraud shall be guilty of a Class D felony. Any person who discovers a violation by himself or herself or such person’s organization and who reports such information voluntarily before such information is public or known to the attorney general shall not be prosecuted for a criminal violation.” [SB 1210, 5/12/06]
SB 1210 Increased Penalties For Medicaid Fraud And Protected Whistleblowers Who Reported Abuse. [SB 1210C, Accessed 10/17/16]
IN THE SENATE THE BILL WAS APPROVED WITH STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT
In The Senate, Koster’s Bill Passed Committee 30-1 With Strong Bipartisan Support. [SB 1210, 4/13/06]