Officials respond to alleged Medi-Cal fraud

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has pledged to impose stricter regulations on a state-sponsored home health care program. The governor said that limiting alleged fraud and abuse could save the state up to $5 billion a year.

Chris Otero is with Los Angeles County’s Personal Assistance Services Council. She told KPCC’s Larry Mantle there aren’t enough fraud cases to justify the reforms the governor proposes.

Chris Otero: “The social workers from the county for the individuals who go into the homes and assess the individual for the number of hours, they identify that person – they have a relationship with that person. The idea that there could be many people out there getting the service that don’t deserve it is not true.”

Otero said the system is not perfect, but it offers services that elderly and disabled people need.

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