Governor Deval Patrick's Budget Recommendation - House 2 Fiscal Year 2015

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Inspector General's Audits of Health Safety Net and MassHealth Program

SECTION 15.   Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, in hospital fiscal years 2015 to 2019, inclusive, the office of the inspector general may expend a total of $5,000,000 from the Health Safety Net Trust Fund, established by section 66 of chapter 118E of the General Laws, for costs associated with maintaining a Health Safety Net audit unit within the office. The unit shall continue to oversee and examine the practices in all hospitals including, but not limited to, the care of the uninsured and the resulting free charges. The unit shall also annually study and review the commonwealth's Medicaid program including, but not limited to, reviewing the program's eligibility requirements, utilization, claims administration and compliance with federal mandates. The inspector general shall annually submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the results of the audits and any other completed analyses on or before March 1.

This section authorizes the Inspector General to expend $5 million from the Health Safety Net Trust Fund over the next five fiscal years, to review both the Health Safety Net Trust Fund and MassHealth.

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