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When to Tell

Report those engaging in Medicare Fraud

Most West Virginians are not the type to “rat out” our neighbors, especially if they are engaged in what we view as relatively minor infractions.

But Medicaid fraud is far from a victimless crime. Those who lie about income and/or disabilities to obtain health insurance coverage through the program are cheating taxpayers — and those with legitimate need.

State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office has taken over investigation of Medicaid fraud in West Virginia. This week, he released a tipline number for those who want to report such activity. The number is 888-372-8398.

Every dollar spent on benefits for a cheater is a dollar not available to help low-income and/or disabled West Virginians. If you know of someone engaging in Medicaid fraud, call the tipline.