DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Medicaid fraud. Provides that a person who is convicted of public assistance fraud or tax fraud is ineligible for medical assistance for a specified time. Allows the office of Medicaid policy and planning (office) to adopt rules to establish a process for suspending a person from receiving medical assistance if the office has reasonable suspicion that the person has committed public assistance fraud. Requires a Medicaid recipient to notify the office within 30 days after the recipient assers a claim or files a legal action against a third party for medical services costs that were paid for by the office. Requires the office to send: (1) an itemized list of the medical services provided to the recipient; and (2) a notice of intent to perfect a lien for the expenses; to the third party. Prohibits certain actions from becoming final before first allowing the office written notice and a reasonable opportunity to perfect a right of recovery. Repeals a provision requiring the office to send an itemized statement of medical expenses for certain recipients to perfect a lien. Specifies that "public assistance or relief" includes medical assistance. Includes applicants and recipients of public assistance or relief in the crime of welfare fraud.