The late David Bowie sang about “ch-ch-ch-ch-changes” in his memorable rock song. This theme could define anti-fraud legislation in 2017.
A new year always brings aspirations for success. Same with fraud fighters seeking new state laws clamping down on insurance swindlers.
Several statehouses are opening this week, and anti-fraud bills already are being docketed for debate. All amid many ch-ch-ch-ch-changes in leadership this big election year.
New state legislatures, governors and insurance commissioners have taken office. A new U.S. president and Congress could change the face of anti-fraud efforts. We’re watching closely for signals on how they’ll fund scam-busting programs for Obamacare, Medicare and Medicaid.
The anti-fraud community needs to help policymakers see that their constituents benefit greatly from robust, well-funded anti-fraud efforts.
So here’s our bucket list for 2017:
- Michigan finally creates a state insurance-fraud authority to go after widespread auto fraud rings in the state;
- New York’s legislature sets aside turf wars to clamp down on staged-crash rings and shady contractors; and
- Congress and the Administration properly fund the Healthcare Fraud Prevention Partnership. It has saved hundreds of millions of dollars by uncovering scams against private health insurers and taxpayer-funded health programs such as Medicare. And that’s just the beginning.
Other states will take up the call for stronger anti-fraud laws as well. The Coalition will work with our partners to get those laws onto the books.
We’re on board — will you be?
About the author: Howard Goldblatt is director of government affairs for the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud.