For months, we’ve been fighting to stop cuts to long-term care. We’ve written letters, sent emails, made thousands of phone calls and marched in Olympia. We have told them to raise revenue and close tax loopholes. And we’ve told them to save money by cracking down on Medicaid fraud by huge pharmaceutical companies.
Today, thanks to our advocacy work and support, Gov. Gregoire signed the Medicaid Fraud False Claims Act securing transparency in Medicaid spending.
In the past few months, we testified in two hearings to pass the Medicaid Fraud False Claims Act that will ensure accountability and transparency for every dollar spent on Medicaid. “Through your advocacy efforts we played a key role in passing this bill that ensures the public’s money goes to providing Medicaid services and not on fraud,” said caregiver and SEIU Healthcare 775NW member Chelsea Hensley.
“We have called on the legislature to find budget solutions that protect Washington’s most vulnerable,” said Adam Glickman-Flora, SEIU Healthcare 775NW vice president and director of public affairs. “This historic legislation is a step in the right direction, now we need to keep fighting to pass a final budget that protects critical services.”