Penalties for Medicaid Fraud Enhanced in Kansas

The Kansas Senate and House of Representatives have passed Kansas Senate Bill 271, which would increase the criminal penalties for defrauding the Medicaid program.

With the passage of the bill, Kansas courts can now sentence defendants to prison rather than just probation if their fraud results in a Medicaid recipient being denied quality services to which he or she is entitled.

The state's ability to obtain civil fines against people who file false claims with the Medicaid program is also strengthened with the passage of the bill.

The bill passed the Kansas Senate 40-0 and the House of Representatives 122-0.

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