AUSTIN — A new bill to curb alleged abuses of an organization that is itself supposed to police abuses got Texas Senate approval Tuesday.
Senators voted 30-0 to pass Senate Bill 207 by state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, which would reform the Office of Inspector General of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the top state health agency.
“Many of the issues have to do with complaints from providers,” Hinojosa said.
Dental providers especially have complained about alleged abuses from the office. Hinojosa’s office has noted that late in 2014, a Texas appeals court found that an inspector general’s office tactic of withholding Medicaid funds while investigating was illegal.