Medicaid is a program for New York State residents that provides medical care. Medicaid recipients are very important to the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG). OMIG's job is to protect recipients and the resources of the Medicaid program.
Medicaid fraud is not a victimless crime. Intentionally deceiving or misrepresenting others for unauthorized benefits can jeopardize your medical care, waste taxpayer dollars, and is against the law.
When a Medicaid provider misrepresents his or her credentials and services, it can jeopardize your health. By falsifying or exaggerating a diagnosis, you could be subjected to unnecessary or unsafe medical procedures, receive the wrong medical treatment, or find that your health benefits have been depleted for a condition you don’t even have.
You can assist OMIG in fighting fraud, waste, and abuse by safeguarding your benefits and reporting potentially suspicious behavior or incidents. Tips can be completely anonymous and OMIG investigates all reported information. To report fraud, waste, or abuse, file online or call the Medicaid Fraud Hotline at 1-877-87-FRAUD (1-877-873-7283).