Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that a member of his Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse has been appointed to a national opioid working group.
Jessica Williamson, of Louisville, a Medicaid fraud attorney, will join fellow attorneys and investigators from 22 other states as part of the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units Opioid Working Group.
The group will develop legislative proposals, investigative and prosecution techniques; coordinate with multistate consumer protection investigations; and work with the federal Opioid Task Force.
“Jessica’s participation on this taskforce will further strengthen our office’s mission to address Kentucky’s opioid epidemic by working in a bipartisan manner with other states and the federal government to find real solutions,” Beshear said.
Beshear’s Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse recently worked alongside local and federal law enforcement agencies to serve search warrants on alleged rogue drug clinics in Hazard, Jackson, Lexington, Paintsville and Richmond.
The Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse and the AG’s Department of Criminal Investigations work with the Appalachian HIDTA Task Force located in Southeast Kentucky to investigate providers committing health care fraud and drug diversion.
Beshear’s Office of Consumer Protection is spearheading Kentucky’s participation in a 42-state lawsuit against the makers of Suboxone for trying to monopolize the market and reduce patients’ access to generic versions of the opioid addiction treatment.
Beshear is suing Endo Pharmaceuticals and Endo Health Solutions for violating state law and directly contributing to opioid related deaths and overdoses in Kentucky from its drug Opana ER.
Williamson will join Medicaid attorneys from bordering states Ohio and Tennessee on the work group.