Arizona: Governor Hobbs Announces Actions Against Fraudulent Medicaid Providers

PHOENIX ~ Today, Governor Katie Hobbs, alongside Attorney General Mark Mayes, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community President Martin Harvier, AHCCCS Director Carmen Heredia, representatives from 13 tribal nations and law enforcement announced actions against over 100 Medicaid behavioral health residential and outpatient treatment service providers believed to be engaging in fraud.

The Governor's Office has authorized a full third-party audit of claims dating back to 2019 and AHCCCS has suspended payments to fraudulent providers. The Governor's office will also continue to evaluate systemic changes needed to prevent these issues from reoccurring.

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Governor Hobbs stated that prior to her administration, AHCCCS had taken a piecemeal approach to targeting these fraudulent providers. She thanked law enforcement officials and AHCCCS for taking action and the MMIP Task Force for helping bring to light these fraudulent providers and the stories of those who have been affected by them.

The Governor said that together they are going to bring about the systemic reforms needed to root out this problem and deliver true accountability.

If you or a loved one are in need of help, please call 211 to be connected with proper resources.

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