Grisanti urges biometric scans for Medicaid
The short of it is they want to use a fingerprint with Medicaid to prevent fraud. Estimates project that the cost to implement is about $20 Million and could save $5 Billion.
The idea was first proposed by Democratic Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera. The idea is now being sponsored by Republican Senator Mark Grisanti. Thats both sides and parties folks.
Here is the good stuff:
The biometric system, which includes card readers, would cost about $20 million to install in health facilities across the state but could save $5 billion in a Medicaid program that costs more than $50 billion annually, according to figures in the proposed legislation and a statement issued by Rivera's office in 2011.
Critics say biometric programs are costly to implement and reduce costs mainly by discouraging eligible beneficiaries from obtaining benefits rather than by preventing fraud.
This translated is people who are wanted for warrants would be opposed to the system because the fingerprint tracking would be much faster than traditional methods. Essentially, under the current system there is no way for a hospital to alert the police if a someone on a warrant comes in. At least in an amount of time that would allow the police to show up while the person was there.
Under the new system, it would be possible (not included but the technology exists) for the police to track this and be alerted real time.
Meaning the criminal wanted on a warrant would be discouraged from getting medical care because they did not want to be arrested for their warrant.