AUSTIN – Arlene Wohlgemuth, Director of the Center for Health Care Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, will testify before the House Public Health Committee in support of House Bill 2158 on Wednesday, April 17, at 8:00 a.m. in Room E2.012 of the Texas State Capitol. HB 2158 would prevent a provider convicted of Medicaid fraud from receiving Medicaid payments while the case is on appeal.


“Every tool that we have should be employed in fighting Medicaid fraud,” said Wohlgemuth. “It is unacceptable that a provider already convicted of fraud by a trial court could continue to receive Medicaid payments while on appeal. Our state agencies should be given the tools to stop this practice, and this legislation will help accomplish that goal.”


Wohlgemuth continued, “The Medicaid program is rife with waste, fraud, and abuse, and the reforms laid out in this bill are consistent with a broad effort this legislative session to ensure that Medicaid funds go toward providing care to those truly in need.”


The Honorable Arlene Wohlgemuth is the executive director and director of the Center for Health Care Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. She served 10 years in the Texas House of Representatives, specializing in health care issues.


The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin.