Medicaid is a Federal and State funded cost-sharing program that provides medical benefits to low income individuals and families who are unable to afford medical insurance on their own, or don’t have benefits provided to them through an employer.
Even with a program like this that is intended to benefit U.S. citizens and take the financial burden off of so many families, medical providers have taken advantage of the system, and Medicaid Fraud has become a rampant problem.
Medicaid Fraud occurs when a medical provider bills for services that were not actually performed (or bills a higher amount than necessary) in order to pocket the funds as gain. Not only does this crime hurt taxpayers across the board, because it raises the price of Medicaid for the states, but it hurts the individuals on Medicaid as well. If the costs go too high, the states are unable to afford to keep as many families on Medicaid, and some will suffer from the government’s inability to assist them.
Providers who commit Medicaid Fraud come in all shapes and sizes. Anyone offering a medical service, whether a licensed professional counselor, a medical doctor, a nursing home facility or adult day care facility, a medical equipment company, or the like, can commit Medicaid Fraud by simply billing more to the Medicaid provider than the amount of services rendered.
If you or a loved one have been victims of Medicaid Fraud at the hands of your medical provider, your rights as a citizen and a taxpayer have been violated. Please give the personal injury and medical malpractice law offices of Wagner Reese a call today for a free consultation to learn more about how we can help you bring justice to your situation and correct the fraud that has been committed.
If you would like to learn more about Medicaid Fraud in Indiana and how you can help stop this crime, please visit the Attorney General’s website.