Gov. Mike Parson on Friday announced the creation of a task force aimed at addressing Medicaid fraud and abuse.
Parson was joined by incoming Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Todd Richardson, the former Missouri House speaker who in October was announced as the state’s new Medicaid director.
Richardson said addressing fraud is a top priority under his leadership.
Medicaid involves more than $10 billion of the state’s $28 billion budget.
About 935,000 Missourians are currently on Medicaid, the health insurance program for low-income people. There are approximately 60,000 health care providers enrolled with MO HealthNet.
Medicaid fraud investigations have led to criminal charges in 29 cases over the last two years, according to Josh Hawley, the state’s outgoing attorney general.
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