PHOENIX — Arizona is the victim of massive fraud in its health-care program, Gov. Katie Hobbs and Attorney General Kris Mayes said Tuesday, and they blamed their Republican predecessors for ignoring it.
The scheme involves “sober living homes’’ signing up Native Americans, often on the streets, with promise of treatment, the Democratic governor and attorney general, who took office in January, said at a news conference.
But they said when patients got to the homes there was no treatment and, according to Hobbs, some had to “escape out of windows and jump over fences in the middle of the night just to access a phone to reach the outside world.’’
Hobbs said the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the state’s Medicaid program, was billed for the “services.’’
Mayes said scammers used the names of Native Americans — some who were dead — to bill for services never provided.