– Legislation to curb improper payments by Pennsylvania’s Medicaid system recently passed the House of Representatives as House Bill 2353
. The bill’s prime sponsor, Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny), made the following statement in light of its passage:
“The improper payments we are seeing within our state’s unemployment program indicate a desperate need to reevaluate our state’s other programs, including Medicaid, to ensure they are working optimally to benefit the vulnerable populations which they are intended to serve.
“Pennsylvania operates the fastest-growing Medicaid system in the entire United States, and we owe it to our citizens to ensure the taxpayer money that funds this system is properly safeguarded and distributed to those who need assistance.
“My legislation mirrors a federal law to combat fraud and guarantee every Pennsylvanian in need gets the help they are entitled to without interruption or complication. The current pandemic amplifies what we all know to be true: when our state’s citizens need help, we must act quickly to provide it. I thank my colleagues for their support of this legislation and I’m hopeful for its timely passage through the Senate.”
Representative Valerie Gaydos
44th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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