For Immediate Release - June 04, 2012

AG Coakley’s Medicaid Fraud Division Receives National Award for Efforts to Combat Fraud and Recover Taxpayer Funds

Receives Office of Inspector General’s 2011 State Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In recognition of her office’s exceptional efforts to combat fraud and recover money for taxpayers, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Medicaid Fraud Division has been awarded the 2011 State Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Award by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.  In Fiscal Year 2011, AG Coakley’s office recovered a record $69 million in Medicaid fraud.

“Our office has focused on rooting out abuse in the Medicaid program and recovering money for  the Commonwealth,” AG Coakley said. “Medicaid fraud steals from taxpayers and threatens the services provided to our most vulnerable population.  We are proud to accept this award in recognition of our work in the Commonwealth and nationwide.”

Medicaid is a multi-billion dollar joint state and federal program that provides health insurance for the economically disadvantaged.   AG Coakley’s Medicaid Fraud Division works cooperatively with MassHealth and other state and federal agencies to prosecute fraud against the Massachusetts Medicaid program.  The Division serves as the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is annually certified by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The AG’s Medicaid Fraud Division recovered the $69 million in FY 2011 with an allocated budget of $3.81 million, representing a ratio of $18 returned to taxpayers for every dollar in the division’s budget.  Since 2007, Attorney General Coakley's Office has recovered more than $210 million on behalf of the Massachusetts Medicaid program.  The total amount recovered during FY 2011 alone represents more than the amount recovered during a 10 year period from 1996 – 2006.

AG Coakley's Office continues to serve as a national leader in the fight against fraud, waste and abuse in the Medicaid program.  In December, a lawsuit filed against 13 drug manufacturers over inflated prices ended with more than $47 million recovered for the Medicaid Program.  As part of that lawsuit, Merck & Co., Inc. (Merck) agreed to pay $24 million to Massachusetts, which was the largest single payment to the Commonwealth for one Medicaid fraud case in state history. 

For additional information or to file a complaint with the Medicaid Fraud Division, please visit the Attorney General’s website.


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