Some senators on the Human Services Reform Committee have focused on preventing fraud in the state’s public programs as a first priority this legislative session. Lawmakers on the Human Services Reform Committee spent their first meeting hearing legislation stuffed full of provisions intended to prevent fraud in programs like health care, child care, and housing support. The bill attempts to strengthen program integrity measures and give state and local officials better tools to conduct oversight and hold those who commit fraud accountable.
Members of the committee agreed that combating fraud is a necessary part of making sure taxpayer dollars are spent responsibly, but such a large and significant piece of legislation will require more time and discussion to make sure these changes do not prevent people from accessing the care and help they need. The bill was referred to the Family Care and Aging Committee and is expected to return to the Human Services Reform Committee for additional work. (SF 4)