DHS secretary rebukes call for Medicaid work requirements

DHS secretary rebukes call for Medicaid work requirements

Speaking at a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon on Monday, Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller rebuked calls for a work requirement for Medicaid recipients, proposals for which have surfaced — and been passed — in the Pennsylvania General Assembly in recent years.

Miller questioned the effectiveness of requiring Medicaid recipients to work in exchange for keeping their health care services, which she said has resulted in large losses in health care in other states.

Monday, July 22, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
DePasquale announces audit of medicaid service providers

DePasquale announces audit of medicaid service providers

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale joined Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) to announce six audits that look into vendors hired by the Department of Human Services to verify that Medicaid patients are receiving the correct services and money is being spent correctly. 

DePasquale stated that the main focus of these audits is the services for seniors and those with intellectual disabilities. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Right 2 Know Episode 3: Hellbender yeah

Right 2 Know Episode 3: Hellbender yeah

Another busy week at the state Capitol and Justin Sweitzer and Andrew Bahl break it down on the latest edition of Right 2 Know. From Medicaid fraud to police reform to amphibians, we look back on the week that was in Harrisburg. Like what you hear? Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify and Google Play (and, coming soon, iTunes!).



Thursday, April 18, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Shapiro, grand jury recommend changes to crack down on Medicaid fraud

Shapiro, grand jury recommend changes to crack down on Medicaid fraud

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro revealed findings from a grand jury investigation into the state’s medical assistance program earlier this week, outlining three potential legislative solutions that could help Pennsylvania crack down on Medicaid fraud. 
 

Shapiro said the investigation emanated from two separate Medicaid fraud investigations that inspired the grand jury to explore ways to better police fraud in the state’s medical assistance program. One involved the mother of an autistic daughter who directed caregivers to perform work around the house rather than care for her daughter. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
DePasquale calls for lower prescription drug costs and looks at ways to do it

DePasquale calls for lower prescription drug costs and looks at ways to do it

On Tuesday afternoon Auditor General Eugene DePasquale joined legislators and pharmacists for Pennsylvania's Pharmacists Association lobby day. 

During the press conference, DePasquale discussed factors driving prescription drug costs and he urged the General Assembly to reduce Medicaid prescription costs by increasing transparency when it comes to how pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) do business. Currently PBMs work between drug manufacturers and pharmacists and he wants more transparency to ensure taxpayer dollars are being spent correctly and not just  "lining PBMs' pockets." 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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