JULY 18, 2006 - Posted at 7:54 a.m. CDT
JEFFERSON CITY, MO - A House panel will hold hearings starting this week on legislation to combat Medicaid fraud.
This spring, a bill to toughen penalties against health care providers who cheat the Medicaid system failed amid stiff opposition from the medical community. A House committee with several doctors, including its chairman, approved a much weaker version of the bill, which later died.
The governor has said he's willing to call lawmakers back to restore a program for disabled workers if they also crack down on Medicaid provider fraud.
The House committee chairman, Dr. Robert Schaaf, says lawmakers need to hear from doctors who could be hurt by the plan.