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My Florida C F O

Fraud: We All Pay!

The Medicaid and Public Assistance Fraud Strike Force was created during the 2010 Legislative Session to increase the effectiveness of programs and initiatives that work to prevent, detect and prosecute Medicaid and public assistance fraud. CFO Atwater serves as Chair and Attorney General Bondi serves as Vice Chair of the 11-member Strike Force.

For more than a decade, Medicaid has been the fastest growing item in many state budgets. Florida’s Medicaid program accounts for 25 percent, or approximately $20 billion, of the state’s budget. The level of fraud is estimated to account for up to 10 percent of the Medicaid budget. State economists indicate that Medicaid is the state’s biggest cost driver, with projected increases possibly exceeding $400 million this year. From 2005 through 2010, the Public Assistance Fraud Unit referred $18 million in program benefits fraud for prosecution. So far this fiscal year, the unit has received approximately 24,000 referrals for suspected public assistance fraud.

It is CFO Atwater’s goal through the Strike Force to bring all the parties to the table to ensure that the cheats and thieves that are taking Floridians’ hard-earned money end up behind bars.

C F O, Attorney General, Department of Health, Agency for Healthcare Administration

Publications

Medicaid and Public Assistance Fraud StrikeForce Final Report June 30, 2014

Medicaid and Public Assistance Fraud Strike Force 2013 Annual Report

Medicaid and Public Assistance Fraud Strike Force 2012 Annual Report

Medicaid and Public Assistance Fraud Strike Force 2011 Annual Report

Profile of Florida’s Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Waivers (January 2011)


Strike Force Members Resources


Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Site

Department of Health - Surgeon General

The Department of Health and Florida’s Surgeon General work to promote and protect the health and safety of all Floridians through:  

  • • Identifying health risks in the community;
  • • Maintaining a safe and healthful environment;
  • • Detecting, investigating, and preventing the spread of disease;
  • • Promoting healthy lifestyles;
  • • Providing primary care for individuals with limited access to such care from the private   sector; and ensuring that health care practitioners meet the requirements for providing adequate care;
  • • Informing the public on health issues.

Agency for Healthcare Administration

Strategic Plan for Data Connectivity

Medicaid Fraud: Protect Your Tax Dollars

AHCA Report Fraud site