Albany, N.Y., February 2 – State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) has been appointed as a member of the newly created Senate Republican Task Force on Medicaid Fraud to find out why state taxpayers continue to lose hundreds of millions of dollars to abuse, fraud, and waste in New York’s more than $50-billion Medicaid system.
Winner said that the urgency of the state’s fiscal crisis demands a renewed focus on the fraud that has plagued the Medicaid system for years. In his proposed 2010-2011 state budget, New York Governor David Paterson increased the state’s target for Medicaid fraud recovery by $300 million, which Winner said isn’t nearly enough.
“It’s way past time to put in place a ‘zero tolerance’ policy to combat the millions upon millions of dollars of taxpayer dollars being lost to Medicaid fraud and waste,” said Winner. “We need to determine, once and for all, why we can’t put a stop to the scams and rip-offs that still define this system. New York government has a responsibility to eliminate abuse and waste and we know that the Medicaid system remains a prime target.”