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W.Va. bill would move Medicaid fraud unit under AG control

March 7, 2019

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A bill that would transfer control of a unit that fights Medicaid fraud to the West Virginia attorney general’s office has been sent to the governor.

The House of Delegates voted 58-42 Thursday to pass the bill, which was earlier approved by the state Senate.

The bill would transfer control of the fraud unit from the Department of Health and Human Resources.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says in a news release the move would make the unit more efficient. He says attorneys general operate Medicaid fraud control units in 43 other states.

Morrisey’s office already fights Social Security disability fraud. That effort generated $6.2 million last year alone.