AirTalk for Jul 09, 2009

Governor targets home health fraud

Governor Schwarzenegger has pledged to limit the "waste, fraud, and abuse" in California's In-Home Supportive Services program, which provides care to senior citizens and the disabled. He says that the state could save $400-500 million per year through stricter regulations, including mandatory fingerprinting of home health recipients and providers and IHSS enforcement through unannounced home visits. State Democrats and program advocates argue that the governor is cutting essential services to close the budget gap. Larry Mantle discusses the details of the proposal.

John Spillane, Chief Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County

George Runner, Republican California State Senator from Lancaster, representing the 17th District

Eva Lopez, Deputy Director for Adult Programs, California Department of Social Services


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