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Rep. Ruiz Plans Legislation to Protect People from Healthcare Fraud

Ruiz will announce the new legislation at Mizell Senior Center in Palm Springs.

Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert. Patch file photo.
Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert. Patch file photo.
Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, will announce in Palm Springs on Monday new legislation designed to protect people from healthcare fraud, his office said Friday.

Ruiz will make the announcement at the Mizell Senior Center in Palm Springs.

Indio Police Chief Richard Twiss and representatives from the AARP and California Alliance for Retired Americans are expected to attend.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, an estimated 1 million people were victims of healthcare fraud in 2011.

Ruiz' 36th Congressional district includes all of the Coachella Valley plus Banning, Beaumont and Hemet.

– City News Service
Steve Mehlman November 23, 2013 at 01:24 PM
In case you don't think this is a serious problem, a few years back, California Attorney General busted giant laboratory corporation Quest Diagnostics to the tune of more than $200 million for overcharging taxpayers. The sad thing is that the Republicans don't have a problem with this kind of corporate fraud. But they get their panties in a bunch if some poor person is found using Food Stamps illegally.
Sherry Raymond November 23, 2013 at 02:09 PM
I just read where a Scandinavian country . . . Sweden, I believe, has decided to mandate a cap for CEO wages when their wage disparity reaches a certain % of workers' wages. I wonder if that would ever even be suggested here in America?! Sherry Raymond
Ken November 24, 2013 at 02:20 AM
By demonizing Republicans and legitimizing the right to Welfare fraud by implying its not a big deal..Your argument is ridiculous Mr Mehlman. Both are burdens upon the backs of everyday normal citizens already bearing a burden too large. Its not a Republican or Democrat issue to be honest and do what is right, its the responsibility of all. One last question.." a few years back..." Who was that Attorney General? And I dont mean Kamala D. Harris when they SETTLED..rather when the suit was filed in 2005? Ive always thot he did a pretty good job.
Steve Mehlman November 24, 2013 at 03:33 PM
I am not legitimizing welfare fraud. I am questioning why you get your panties in a twist when a poor family cheats on their benefits but say nothing when giant corporations rob taxpayers of BILLIONS of dollars every year. Yes, all fraud is wrong, but we should be spending our time going after the big fish if we want to really help the taxpayers. BTW, just wondering why the Schwarzenegger administration couldn't deliver after the suit was filled. It took AG Kamala Harris to achieve the settlement and get back more than $200 million for the taxpayers. But heaven forbid you should give any credit to a Democrat.
Ken November 24, 2013 at 09:07 PM
The answer is Bill Lockyer, who IS a Democrat, which pretty much wipes out your rebuttal. As far as the Courts go, it takes years, you should know that.
Libi Uremovic November 25, 2013 at 10:35 AM
there's no need to write more laws against healthcare fraud - they're already on the books and just need to be enforced.... every city i've audited has 'friends & family' receiving government health care ....if politicians want to save the citizenry from healthcare fraud they can start in the government...
Libi Uremovic November 25, 2013 at 10:43 AM
'... AG Kamala Harris to achieve the settlement and get back more than $200 million for the taxpayers....' harris and state controller chiang both deserve a lot of credit for being very aggressive in their jobs....we have the laws on our books to account for every penny of taxpayer dollars - we just have to enforce the laws so government money won't look so sweet....
Steve Mehlman November 25, 2013 at 12:21 PM
My argument is that 1) you refuse to give Kamala Harris any credit, and 2) you care more about welfare fraud by poor people than you do corporate fraud which costs American taxpayers BILLIONS of dollars each year.
Ken November 25, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Says you..If Kamala needs a pat on the back for doing her job...consider it done. Im not sure where you dig up your assumptions...first I was a Demo hater now I am all for Corporate fraud. You cast a wide wake in that boat to somewhere. Ive no idea what point you are headed to...but good luck.

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