Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Medicaid fraud should be tracked just the way sex offenders are

Sen. Schumer: We should track child beaters like we do sex offenders

Child beaters should be tracked just the way sex offenders are, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday.

Child welfare fraudfeasors should be tracked the way other federal false claims are prosecuted.

"We have no comprehensive system to make sure that after they strike once, they never strike again," Schumer said, speaking outside state court buildings on Centre St. in downtown Manhattan.

That is absolutely correct.  We have no comprehensive system to make sure that after they commit Medicaid fraud, they never file false claims again.

Schumer called on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to implement a national tracking database of child beaters, similar to those that exist for sexual predators.

I call on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to implement a national exclusionary database of those who file child welfare false claims in Medicaid fraud.

"It doesn't make any sense at all that while we try to watch sex offenders like hawks, we let child batterers, who physically batter children, slip through the cracks," he said.

It doesn't make any sense at all that while we try to stop Medicaid fraud like hawks, we let child placing agencies file false claims allowing children to be improperly and unnecessarily placed in foster care and put up for adoption by considering poverty as the crime of abuse and neglect.

A 2006 congressional act authorized the government to create such a database, but it has yet to be implemented.

The reason the database was never implemented is because a person is placed on the registry without being being able to confront the accusers, without being in a court of law, without notification, without witnesses, and before ever being charged, plead, and found guilty by a jury of peers.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2010/03/28/2010-03-28_sen_schumer_we_should_track_child_abusers_like_we_do_sex_offenders.html#ixzz0kMdt5tZM

If the Senator wants to put "child beaters" on a central database, then I say we put those who commit Medicaid fraud on a central database!

The Central Registry of Child Welfare Fraud!

For many years the Congress of the United States has worked diligently to protect the health and welfare of the nation's elderly and poor by implementing legislation to prevent certain individuals and businesses from participating in Federally-funded health care programs. Legally Kidnapped has mandated that the health and welfare of the nation's children and families must  be protected by including Child Welfare Agencies in this exclusion database.  Foster Care and Adoption Agencies should be banned from entering contracts using federal funds if the bases for exclusion have been met.


Bases for exclusion include for child welfare program-related fraud, child abuse, child deaths, licensing board actions, improper and questionable claims, false reports.

The effect of not being able to participate in federally funded contracts is:
  • No payment will be made by any Federal child welfare program for any items or services furnished, ordered, or prescribed by an excluded individual or entity. Federal foster care and adoption programs include Medicaid Targeted Case Management, and Social Security Title IV A, B, D, and E, Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant (Title V), Block Grants to States for Social Services (Title XX), State Children's Health Insurance (Title XXI) and all other plans and programs that provide health benefits for foster care and adoption funded directly or indirectly by the United States.
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