For Immediate Release - September 17, 2013

Secretary Polanowicz Releases Report on DTA Program Integrity Enhancements; Issues Statement on Partnership with Auditor to Protect Taxpayer Resources

BOSTON — Secretary of Health and Human Services John Polanowicz today released a report detailing recent program integrity enhancements at the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) and issued a statement on the success of the ongoing partnership with the state auditor in protecting taxpayer resources.

The report released by Secretary Polanowicz today includes an update on the successful completion of DTA’s 100 Day Action Plan and provides an 18 month outlook for additional business enhancements. In March, 2013, Secretary Polanowicz and DTA Commissioner Stacey Monahan launched the 100-day action plan to enhance program integrity, improve client services, and restore public trust in the agency. The 100-day plan was completed on time and within the Department’s current appropriation.

In a related announcement, State Auditor Suzanne Bump’s office today reported a record year in protecting taxpayer resources through the partnership with HHS, in which DTA and MassHealth identify cases of potential public benefits fraud, and refer them up to the auditor’s Bureau of Special Investigation for further collaborative action.

“The results of this report and our partnership with the auditor show that our strong program integrity system is working,” said Secretary Polanowicz. “MassHealth and DTA identify the majority of these public assistance fraud cases and refer them to the auditor’s office, which holds the authority to take further action through the Bureau of Special Investigations. While we know the vast majority of benefits are being used as intended to meet basic needs, we also have zero tolerance for any fraud or abuse. MassHealth and DTA have both launched aggressive, new program integrity initiatives to stop fraud on the front end and protect benefits for those who truly need them.”

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