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Medicaid fraud investigators want more funding

Date: January 29, 2013
By: Ellie Coatar
State Capitol Bureau

Missouri's Medicaid fraud unit wants more money to crack down on Medicaid abuse, and some state lawmakers say they want to give it to them.
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Wrap: Some members of Missouri's House say they are supportive of increased funding to investigate Medicaid.

Mark Cicka, the head of the state's Medicaid fraud unit, says their system is already advanced, and with more funding, they could detect fraud faster.

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Description: The manner in which that we go about detecting and preventing fraud is at the forefront.

The Medicaid fraud unit is responsible for sending cases to the Attorney General's office for prosecution. In two years, the unit's fraud detection has increased from about 10 to 83 cases.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Ellie Coatar.

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