LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas House has approved legislation creating an inspector general to investigate fraud and abuse in the state's Medicaid program.
The House voted 68-9 on Thursday for the bill to create the office that would be charged with preventing, detecting and investigating fraud and abuse within the Medicaid program.
The office would be able to pursue civil enforcement actions and refer criminal cases to prosecutors. The inspector general would be appointed by the governor - subject to Senate confirmation. The measure heads back to the Senate to consider an amendment.
The bill among several proposals lawmakers are considering that Republicans say will cut fraud and abuse in the Medicaid program. They're considering it as they weigh a plan to use federal Medicaid money to purchase private insurance for low-income residents.
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