Texas ramps up Medicaid fraud collections to $500M

AUSTIN, Texas — A state official says increased enforcement has helped Texas recover more than $500 million in Medicaid fraud cases since 2007.

David Morales, deputy first assistant attorney general, told state senators Tuesday the increase coincides with an expansion of the Medicaid civil fraud division in Texas four years ago.

State lawmakers are still looking for ways to boost fraud prevention. Texas faces a budget shortfall of at least $15 billion. Controlling the state's Medicaid expenses has been identified as a top priority.