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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: HAWKEYE STATE LEGISLATOR RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR FIGHTING WELFARE FRAUD
AWARD HONORS LEADERSHIP ON REFORMS PROTECTING STATE PROGRAMS FOR THE TRULY NEEDY
Iowa Rep. Linda Miller was honored with the Foundation for Government Accountability’s 2015 Protecting the Vulnerable Award Monday for her leadership in the state to prevent fraud and protect the state’s welfare programs for the truly needy.
Miller sponsored legislation in Iowa empowering the state to seek out fraudulent applications for welfare benefits in programs like Medicaid, to ensure those services will be around long-term for those who need them. Strong partnerships with the FGA and leaders like Miller have saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, to include welfare benefits that were being paid to lottery winners and the dead.
“Modern technology is making it easier for states to catch fraudster who want to scam the system, and leaders like Rep. Miller are working to give state agencies the tools they need to be effective in the 21st century,” said Tarren Bragdon, FGA CEO.
“Systematic fraud like we’ve seen in many states threatens the long-term stability of our welfare programs, making it difficult for us to guarantee those protections for the truly vulnerable into the future.”
Miller is one of a handful of state leaders being recognized from around the country for their work in 2015, and they are the first group of legislators to be honored with this annual award.