Gov. Rauner Creates Health Care Fraud Elimination Task Force

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SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner announced Tuesday, April 5, that he signed Executive Order 16-05 to create the Health Care Fraud Elimination Task Force.

The Governor made the announcement at the Annual Ethics Officer Conference. This Task Force will take a holistic and comprehensive approach in the prevention and elimination of health care fraud, waste and abuse in taxpayer-funded programs.

He says this is the first time they are bringing program-specific and agency efforts together to collaborate and take this approach to eliminating health care fraud.

“Reducing fraud and waste is critical in state government to ensure we are delivering the best value to consumers and taxpayers,” Governor Rauner said.

The new Task Force will study and utilize the best practices of these agency fraud prevention units, the efforts of the federal government and other state governments, and those in the private sector to root out fraud, waste and abuse.

State officials say the costs of state-administered health care programs rises when abuse of the system is left unchecked.

The Executive Inspector General Maggie Hickey will serve as Chairman of the Task Force, which will be made up of the following representatives:

  • Deputy Governor
  • Chief Compliance Officer
  • Special Counsel and Policy Advisor to the Governor for Healthcare and Human Services
  • Inspector General for the Department of Healthcare and Family Services
  • Director of the State Police Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
  • Director of the Department on Aging
  • Director of the Department of Central Management Services
  • Director of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services
  • Secretary of the Department of the Human Services
  • Secretary of the Department of Information Technology
  • Director of the Department of Insurance

Today’s action follows the Governor’s goal to have the most ethical and transparent Administration in state history. During his first week in office, he signed Executive Order 15-09 to strengthen ethical standards for the Executive Branch. He also signed Executive Order 16-04 to update and strengthen the Executive Branch’s internal investigation system.

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