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Summary: HB 947 would require the offices of the Texas Attorney General and the inspector general of the Health and Human Services Commission to work together to analyze how the two offices are cooperating. The purpose of the report will be to establish what needs to be done in order for the inspector general to be able to investigate fraud, waste, and abuse of health and human services.
By September 1, 2014 they must submit a report to the legislature with any recommendations to improve the office's efficiency and effectiveness as well as strategies to implement the new plans.
Analysis: For government to operate within its proper size and scope, it is important that agencies and commissions are as effective and efficient as possible. For the attorney general's office to be able to do effectively prosecute offenses such as Medicaid fraud and abuse, it needs the full cooperation and capabilities of the inspector's office. HB 947 will help measure the cooperative relationship between these offices and chart a path for improvement where it may be necessary.
Amendment Recommendation: This is a solid piece of good government legislation that could be made even better by amending to expand the investigation capacity of the inspector general to specifically investigate Medicaid waste, fraud, and abuse. We encourage legislators to support HB 947.