Legislation cracks down on fraud
State Rep. Peter Lucido this week testified on a bill to cut down on fraud while helping those who truly need temporary cash assistance and can’t work due to a disability.
Lucido discussed his bill with the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee. His legislation would require an independent medical examination for cash assistance recipients who are exempt from work requirements.
“There is a need for our state assistance programs to help people get back on their feet. Without a doubt these programs are there to help people through hard times. But we must be vigilant of taxpayer dollars,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “This legislation would save money in the state’s cash assistance system by cracking down on the waste, fraud and abuse of doctor shopping.”
Doctor shopping is when an individual seeks multiple medical consultations, reports and opinions until the desired result is obtained.
House Bill 5183 remains under consideration by the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee.