It seems I have an audience.
The Office of Medicaid Inspector General must be housed in the autonomous and independent Department of Management and Budget. How is it the Inspector General can make internal referrals within the Department of Attorney General when there exists apparent, pre-existing conflicts of interests?
Will the referrals be made accessible to the public or will one have to make shots in the dark in hopes of qualifying for a FOIA disclosure in disseminations to the Governor?
Will there be statutory provisions implemented for whistleblowers and victims of Medicaid fraud for reporting alledged violations and requests for investigtions?
Will there be an exclusionary database maintained for the purposes of contractual debarments, revocations and sanctions?
Will these cases be litigated and settled under seal of the court?
Is there going to be a public education campaign to encourage public reporting of Medicaid fraud?
Will the recovery funds be placed in the general fund or go into the Office of Attorney General Medicaid Fraud Control Unit?
Now, for the biggest question: How will the Medicaid Inspector General deal with Medicaid fraud in child welfare when the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has never, ever gone after child welfare Medicaid fraud?
Does not the introduction of this legislation challenge the integrity of the current Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the operational validity of the non-cognizant U.S. DHHS Region V?