Maine AG seeks additional resources to combat Medicaid fraud, abuse

April 22, 2015

Maine's attorney general, Janet Mills, is urging state budget writers to give her more resources to combat Medicaid fraud and elder abuse. Mills wants to add a third attorney to her office's HealthCare Crimes Unit, which investigates and prosecutes Medicaid fraud and patient abuse and neglect in healthcare facilities. She contends the addition would bring in more revenue for the state while improving the integrity of Maine's healthcare programs. Since 2010, the unit has recouped nearly $61 million in state and federal tax dollars. Her proposal has been endorsed by the Judiciary Committee, leaving it to the Appropriations Committee to decide whether it ends up in the budget sent to lawmakers for approval.