TRENTON – Senator Joseph F. Vitale, D-Middlesex, the Chair of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the Senate’s approval, by a vote of 38-0, of a bill he sponsored entitled the “New Jersey Medicaid False Claims Act,” to crack down on fraud and abuse within Medicaid and other claims programs:
“The Medicaid program is the epitome of good government, providing an invaluable health care safety net for those who would have to otherwise do without.
“However, fraud and abuse undermine our ability to provide for those economically disadvantaged New Jerseyans who need our help the most.
“We need to uncover fraud wherever and whenever it rears its ugly head in our State’s safety net programs, to ensure that profiteers cannot exploit a good program for a self-serving purposes.
“At the same time, we will be able to work with the federal government, and retain a portion of the federal share in funds we recoup through fraud cases brought before the courts. Through the legislation, we will be able to devote more money towards health care and other programs that address the needs of our most vulnerable constituents.
“By exposing fraud to the light of day, we can ensure the integrity of programs intended to help working families in the Garden State. The taxpayers of New Jersey should rest assured that their government is doing everything it can to meet its obligations to the people while protecting its safety net programs from being exploited by unscrupulous individuals.”