Value of TennCare fraud unit debated

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- TennCare fraud investigators had a record year in 2010, with 266 arrests and nearly $700,000 recovered. But the fraud unit cost $4.6 million to operate.

That has some lawmakers saying it should be self-supporting, with more arrests and more money recouped.

State Rep. Joey Hensley is a family practitioner who has turned in several people he believed were defrauding the system.

The Hohenwald Republican told The Tennessean he feels there is more fraud going on than the unit is picking up on.

But supporters say the numbers don't tell the whole story.

Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said some people who aren't charged criminally are still thrown out of the program, saving taxpayers money.

And she said the unit deters people from committing fraud to begin with.

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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