Cox to Cuomo: Launch Moreland Act Commission on Medicaid Fraud

Cox to Cuomo: Launch Moreland Act Commission on Medicaid Fraud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: David Laska

dlaska@nygop.org

518.462.2601

ALBANY, NY… NYGOP Chairman Ed Cox today called on Gov. Cuomo to launch a Moreland Act Commission to investigate waste, fraud and abuse in New York’s Medicaid program.

The Moreland Act allows the governor to examine management and affairs of any department, board, bureau or commission in the state.

Last March, Cuomo fired an effective Medicaid Inspector General who had already helped recoup over $1.5 billion in wasteful spending, and replaced him with a handpicked successor urged by the governor to soften the state’s tough audits.

Since then, reports from many sources, including the New York Times and the US Congress, have detailed the tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending in New York’s Medicaid program.

New York spends well over $50 billion per year on Medicaid, by far the most of any state and more than Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania combined.

“If Cuomo means what he said about reforming Medicaid, he made a serious mistake by replacing a junkyard dog Medicaid Inspector General with a pet poodle,” said Cox.

“Cuomo was all too eager to launch a Moreland Commission to investigate LIPA after Hurricane Sandy in order to channel New Yorkers’ frustrations with storm readiness away from his office, but if he really has the interests of New Yorkers in mind, and not politics, he’ll appoint a Moreland Commission to scrub Medicaid clean from top to bottom and put in place a restructured, clean and affordable Medicaid system for New York.”

Bazzo 02/12/13

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