Thursday, April 25, 2013

Attorney General Koster reaches $149,000 settlement with Medicaid provider


                                                                                                        April 25, 2013
                                                                             (Official press release from Missouri General)
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster today said a St. Louis personal care services provider will pay the state of Missouri $149,414 for fraudulently billing for Medicaid services that it did not provide. 
Angel's Care Inc., doing business as Angel's Care Home Health Services, and its owner-operator, Tawanda Gregory, participates in a Medicaid program that allows qualified Medicaid recipients to receive personal care services in their own homes. The Attorney General's investigation revealed that Angel's Care Inc. failed to provide several of its elderly and disabled clients the personal care services for which the company billed Medicaid.
Angel's Care Inc. claimed to have provided services in the clients’ homes during times when some of the clients were hospitalized, and after two clients were deceased.  Angel's Care Inc. also allowed in-home personal care services to be provided by attendants who were ineligible to provide services.  This fraudulent conduct occurred from September 2009 through November 2012.
"One of my top priorities as Attorney General is to enforce our laws against those who cheat Missouri taxpayers by committing Medicaid fraud," Koster said. "We will continue to search for individuals who would perpetrate this kind of fraud, and recover public money stolen from our health care system." 
In addition to repaying the state $38,971.59 for its fraudulent billings, Angel's Care Inc. will be required under the settlement to pay damages of $77,943.18, penalties of $25,000, and more than $7,000 for the costs of the state's investigation. 
Anyone who suspects Medicaid provider fraud, abuse, or neglect is encouraged to make a report in one of three ways.  They can call the Medicaid Fraud Hotline, toll-free at 800-286-3932, submit a complaint by e-mail to attorney.general@ago.mo.gov, or complete a complaint form at the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Website athttp://ago.mo.gov/divisions/medicaid-fraud-control-unit-faqs.htm

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Attorney General Koster announces first court dates for Bridgeton Landfill case


                                                                                               April 24, 2013
                                                                     (Official press release from Missouri General)
Jefferson City, Mo. -- Attorney General Chris Koster said today that he has requested and obtained court dates in his lawsuit against Republic Services, Inc., owner of the Bridgeton Landfill. On May 14 and 15, the Circuit Court of St. Louis County will hear evidence regarding Koster's request for a preliminary injunction against the company.
Koster filed suit against Republic on March 27, alleging that the company has violated a number of Missouri's environmental laws in its operation of the landfill. Immediately after filing the suit, the Attorney General's Office began negotiations with Republic with the goal of coming to agreement on issues outlined in the lawsuit. Koster said that while he is optimistic that the parties can reach agreement on a number of important matters, he requested the preliminary injunction hearing to ensure that progress is made on remaining issues upon which the parties cannot agree.
"My office is moving swiftly to ensure that Republic fulfills its promise to fix the problems plaguing the residents, schools, businesses, senior care facilities and a local hospital near the Bridgeton Landfill," Koster said. "Our lawsuit highlights a number of issues that need Republic's attention. If those issues cannot all be appropriately resolved by negotiation, we will go into court three weeks from today to seek the best protections for those who are being harmed by this situation."
In addition to addressing the odor problems and correcting the environmental violations, Koster's lawsuit seeks to provide remedies to help local residents and businesses deal with the ongoing effects of the burning waste.

Attorney General Koster announces first court dates for Bridgeton Landfill case


                                                                                                    April 24, 2013
                                                                          (Official press release from Missouri General)

Jefferson City, Mo. -- Attorney General Chris Koster said today that he has requested and obtained court dates in his lawsuit against Republic Services, Inc., owner of the Bridgeton Landfill. On May 14 and 15, the Circuit Court of St. Louis County will hear evidence regarding Koster's request for a preliminary injunction against the company.

Koster filed suit against Republic on March 27, alleging that the company has violated a number of Missouri's environmental laws in its operation of the landfill. Immediately after filing the suit, the Attorney General's Office began negotiations with Republic with the goal of coming to agreement on issues outlined in the lawsuit. Koster said that while he is optimistic that the parties can reach agreement on a number of important matters, he requested the preliminary injunction hearing to ensure that progress is made on remaining issues upon which the parties cannot agree.
"My office is moving swiftly to ensure that Republic fulfills its promise to fix the problems plaguing the residents, schools, businesses, senior care facilities and a local hospital near the Bridgeton Landfill," Koster said. "Our lawsuit highlights a number of issues that need Republic's attention. If those issues cannot all be appropriately resolved by negotiation, we will go into court three weeks from today to seek the best protections for those who are being harmed by this situation."
In addition to addressing the odor problems and correcting the environmental violations, Koster's lawsuit seeks to provide remedies to help local residents and businesses deal with the ongoing effects of the burning waste.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

State Releases March 2013 General Revenue Report




Missouri Office of Administration Doug Nelson
 
April 2, 2013



JEFFERSON CITY, MO -- State Budget Director Linda Luebbering announced today that 2013 fiscal year-to-date net general revenue collections increased 8.3 percent compared to 2012, from $5.06 billion last year to $5.48 billion this year.
Net general revenue collections for March 2013 increased by 4.6 percent compared to those for March 2012, from $512.4 million to $536.1 million.

GROSS COLLECTIONS BY TAX TYPE

Individual income tax collections
  • Increased 5.3 percent for the year, from $4.00 billion last year to $4.21 billion this year.
  • Increased 3.9 percent for the month.

Sales and use tax collections
  • Increased 0.8 percent for the year, from $1.40 billion last year to $1.41 billion this year.
  • Increased 1.2 percent for the month.

Corporate income and corporate franchise tax collections
  • Increased 4.3 percent for the year, from $302.9 million last year to $315.8 million this year.
  • Increased 9.8 percent for the month.

All other collections
  • Increased 25.7 percent for the year, from $269.3 million last year to $338.6 million this year.
  • Decreased 6.8 percent for the month.

Refunds
  • Decreased 12.4 percent for the year, from $912.0 million last year to $798.9 million this year.
  • Decreased 0.7 percent for the month.

Director Luebbering also noted the General Revenue Fund borrowed $175 million from the Budget Reserve Fund for cash flow purposes, bringing the total borrowed to $375 million for the fiscal year. The funds will be repaid before the Constitutional deadline of May 15, 2013.