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State Launches CaringCareers.org, Awareness Campaign To Help Expand Workforce of In-Home Caregivers
(HARTFORD, CT) – Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby today announced the launch of a special website, www.CaringCareers.org, and multi-media public awareness campaign to help Connecticut attract more people to the growing field of in-home caregiving. Highlighting the theme, ‘In-Home is In Demand,’ the website and campaign will promote opportunities in a job market that’s expanding rapidly as older adults and people with disabilities enjoy more options to live independently.
State Settles Joint State-Federal False Claims Act Investigation with Pediatric Dental Provider
A pediatric dental provider with practices in Milford and West Haven will pay more than $1.3 million to the state and federal government to resolve allegations that he submitted false claims to Connecticut's Medicaid program for x-ray services that did not comply with state law, Attorney General George Jepsen said today. The investigation was conducted jointly with the Connecticut U.S. Attorney's Office, federal agents with the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General/Office of Investigations and the Connecticut Department of Social Services Office of Quality Assurance.
Court Orders Restitution, Civil Penalties against Dentist, Dental Practice in Illegal Medicaid Billing Case
A Winsted dentist and his practice were ordered to pay $717,046 in restitution and civil penalties after a Superior Court judge found his conduct violated the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act, also known as CUTPA, Attorney General George Jepsen said today… DSS Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby said, "Overall, dental and medical providers in Connecticut's Medicaid program are dedicated practitioners whose treatment services and reimbursement billings are conducted in a professional, above-board manner. Unfortunately, there are some outliers who cause the need for vigilant quality assurance and anti-fraud enforcement. I am pleased to acknowledge and thank the Attorney General's Office, the Department of Consumer Protection and our other state and federal partners for their continuing work with DSS quality assurance investigators in this crucial area."
State Settles with Psychiatrist who Allegedly Submitted False Claims to the Connecticut Medicaid Program
A New Haven and Fairfield-based psychiatrist and her husband will pay $400,000 to settle a civil False Claims Act lawsuit originally filed by the Attorney General in June 2015 alleging that the couple engaged in a long term scheme to submit false claims for services provided to Medicaid patients in Connecticut. The settlement agreement was approved last week by a Hartford Superior Court judge, Attorney General George Jepsen said. DSS Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby said, "While not representing Medicaid-enrolled providers as a whole, this is a disturbing reminder that anti-fraud and program integrity measures are absolutely necessary to protect taxpayer investments in public health coverage.”
State Enters Settlement with Newtown Psychiatrist Resolving False Claim Allegations
A Newtown psychiatrist has agreed to a $422,641.70 joint federal-state settlement and will enter into a compliance program to resolve allegations that he submitted false claims for payments to Connecticut's Medicaid program and to Medicare, Attorney General George Jepsen said today…Department of Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby said, "As administering agency for Medicaid in Connecticut, DSS joins our state and federal partners in a strong commitment to protect the integrity of the program. While this false claims case does not represent medical providers as a whole, it underscores the need for continual quality control and anti-fraud oversight. We thank Attorney General Jepsen and his staff, the state Division of Criminal Justice Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the United States Attorney's Office, and the HHS Inspector General's Office for their outstanding work in coordination with DSS quality assurance investigators."
Heating Aid Applications Available Through May 31
(HARTFORD, CT) – State officials have extended the deadline for applying for federal energy assistance to cover this past winter’s home-heating bills, a step that will especially help households now receiving shutoff notices from utility companies. Applications for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) are being accepted for another full month, through Tuesday, May 31, at community sites throughout the state.
State Joins Joint State-Federal Settlement with Wyeth Resolving Allegations of Underpaying Rebates
Connecticut will take part in a global $784.6 million settlement with drug-maker Wyeth to resolve allegations that the company knowingly underpaid rebates owed under the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program for the sales of the drug Protonix, Attorney General George Jepsen, Chief State's Attorney Kevin T. Kane and Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby announced today.
Lt. Gov. Wyman, Gov. Malloy, State Officials on 6th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act
Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, Chair of the Board of Access Health CT (AHCT), Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Access Health CT CEO Jim Wadleigh, Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Roderick Bremby, Connecticut Insurance Department Commissioner Katharine L. Wade, and State Healthcare Advocate Victoria Veltri issued statements on the 6th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. Lt. Governor Wyman said, "This law has had tremendous impact in Connecticut, ensuring more than 700,000 residents have access to high quality, affordable healthcare. Our leadership has not only cut the state's uninsured rate in half, but has also provided guidance for other states. This makes for healthier communities and a stronger, more productive workforce." Please click on above link for the full statements.
AG Jepsen: State Enters Settlement with Tolland Psychiatrist Resolving False Claim Allegations
A Tolland psychiatrist will pay $404,798 to settle a civil False Claims Act lawsuit alleging that she submitted false claims for payments to Connecticut's Medicaid program. The resolution stems from a lawsuit and settlement agreement approved yesterday by a Hartford Superior Court judge, Attorney General George Jepsen said today…"As administering agency for Medicaid in Connecticut, DSS works closely with our state and federal partners to safeguard the integrity of the program," said DSS Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby. "While this false claims case does not represent medical providers as a whole, it does highlight the fact that constant vigilance is necessary to protect taxpayer investments in public health coverage. We thank Attorney General Jepsen and his staff, the Division of Criminal Justice Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the HHS Inspector General’s Office for their outstanding work in coordination with DSS quality assurance investigators."
Gov Malloy Reminds Residents There is Still Time to Apply for Winter Heating Assistance
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy is reminding Connecticut residents who need help paying winter heating bills that there is still time to apply for federal energy assistance benefits.
Governor Malloy Activates State Severe Cold Weather Protocol Through Tuesday Morning; Anyone Seeking Shelter Should Call 2-1-1
Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced he has activated the state's Severe Cold Weather Protocol in anticipation of temperatures in the teens and single digits and wind chills below zero overnight. The protocol is effective beginning the afternoon of Monday, January 4, 2016 and will remain in effect through the morning of Tuesday, January 5.
State Reaches False Claims Act Settlement with Southington Dental Provider
A Southington dentist will pay $55,000 to settle civil healthcare fraud allegations involving the filing of false and fraudulent claims for payments from Connecticut's Medicaid program, Attorney General George Jepsen said today…[The provider] has agreed to pay $55,000 to resolve the False Claims Act allegations. In addition, he has agreed to enter into a separate agreement with the Department of Social Services to be permanently barred from participation as a dentist in the CT Medical Assistance Program
State Joins Global Settlement with with Novartis Pharmaceuticals to Resolve Kickback Allegations
Attorney General George Jepsen, Chief State’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane and state Department of Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby announced today that Connecticut has joined a global settlement with Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. The settlement resolves allegations that Novartis provided kickbacks to certain specialty pharmacies in exchange for recommending the drug Exjade to Medicaid and Medicare patients. Novartis has paid the states and the federal government $390 million to resolve these allegations.
More Than One Thousand Toys And Gifts Donated To Children in Foster Care
State Employees from Department of Social Services Play Role of Santa For Children Separated From Family During The Holiday
State Joins National Settlement with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP, and Cephalon, Inc., to Resolve Overcharging Allegations
Attorney General George Jepsen, Chief State’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane and state Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby announced today that Connecticut has joined a federal-state settlement with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP and Cephalon, Inc. to resolve allegations that the companies inappropriately overcharged state Medicaid programs for drugs.