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
Did You Get The Memo? Sexual assault, special elections and committee chair selection legislation

Did You Get The Memo? Sexual assault, special elections and committee chair selection legislation

With so much legislation filed in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, some naturally garner more attention than others. From resolutions designating the state pet of Pennsylvania to bills that have significant financial implications, a lot can be unearthed from sifting through the legislature’s co-sponsorship memos.
 
In the past week, there has been an array of proposals that would affect everything from sexual assault protocols in schools and the General Assembly to how special elections in the state are funded, which is why we’re going to take a look at some of the most interesting co-sponsorship memos filed in the General Assembly this week.
Friday, March 22, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
IFO releases projections for school property tax replacement

IFO releases projections for school property tax replacement

The Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) has released their latest projections that detail how much of an increase in personal income taxes (PIT) the state would need to impose to generate revenue if school property taxes for homesteads were eliminated.
 
The IFO determined that to raise enough revenue through a PIT to replace homestead property tax revenues, the state would need to increase the PIT by 1.9 percent to generate the same amount of funding. This would raise approximately $8.5 billion in revenue in the 2019-2020 fiscal year, roughly the same amount that taxing properties is expected to bring in.
Monday, March 18, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Five bills to watch for the week of March 18

Five bills to watch for the week of March 18

We get it—session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From Sunday hunting to opioids to open government, here are the five bills to watch throughout the week of March 18.
Friday, March 15, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
State Republicans renew fight for Medicaid work requirements

State Republicans renew fight for Medicaid work requirements

Republicans in the Pennsylvania General Assembly have had work requirements for Medicaid recipients on their wish list for the past couple of years. After passing both chambers of the legislature in 2017 and 2018, the proposals were vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf, who believed the requirement would be costly and penalize people who need access to health care.

Still, despite two failed attempts, Pennsylvania Republicans believe work requirements are necessary to encourage able-bodied Medicaid recipients to find jobs, prompting two Republican senators to try again this session.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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