Ashby Files Bill to Combat Fraudulent Medicaid claims


In an effort to combat fraudulent Medicaid claims and blatant abuse of the system, State Representative Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) has filed a bill that, if adopted, would make it easier for bad actors to be punished for their crime.

House Bill 334, one of several pieces of proposed legislation Rep. Ashby has introduced in advance of the 84th Texas Legislature, seeks to amend the Texas Penal Code to preclude the recouping of funds from being used as a defense against prosecution during a Medicaid fraud case.

“We have obvious and intentional bad actors who are abusing the system with fraudulent behavior,” Rep. Ashby said. “But these criminals are able to get off the hook if they can repay the money they’ve stolen from the Medicaid program. That does nothing to dissuade potential abusers. If anything, it provides incentive for future crimes by allowing these folks to think that if they get caught, they can just return the money.”

Rep. Ashby’s effort in the House of Representatives to curtail this criminal behavior has been mirrored in the Senate, where Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) has filed a companion bill to HB 334.

“This could go a long way in aiding state prosecutors who are trying to punish people who have committed this type of fraud,” Rep. Ashby said. “And, it sends the message that Texas is not going to allow itself to be taken advantage of by individuals who would abuse the system for profit.”

The 84th Session of the Texas Legislature begins on January 13, 2015.

Lee Miller
Lee Miller was born in Denison, TX and grew up in East Texas with his family. He studied music education at Stephen F. Austin State University taking a job in television on his last day of student teaching. Lee also provides business authoritative expertise to the broadcast industry as a consultant. Presently he is CEO of MSG Resources LLC, which specializes in consulting within broadcast best practices, distribution technologies and media strategy mastery. - - - - - Lee Miller is a well-known veteran of the broadcast media industry with particular experience in leading for-profit and non-profit broadcasting organizations. His career began in Lufkin, Texas in the early 80’s where he progressed from studio operations to creative services and network management. Mr. Miller has since received various professional designations and memberships such as Society of Broadcast Engineers accredited frequency coordinator, The Energy Professionals Association Certified Energy Consultant, and National Religious Broadcasters Television Committee & past Chair. Lee also serves as the Executive Director of the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance, is a member of the Advanced Television Systems Committee and is proud to be part of Texas Association of Broadcasters Golden Mic Club, highlighting extraordinary careers in broadcasting. Continued engagement with his community is at the core of his business practices serving on the board of the Salvation Army and as keyboardist for the contemporary worship band at Harmony Hill Baptist Church. Lee lives near Lufkin Texas on one of his family’s tree farms located in the Texas Forest Country region north of Houston. He is married to Kenla and has two grown children, Joshua, COO of MSGPR Ltd Co and Morgan, a Critical Care ICU RN.

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