Michigan to make sure felons can't work as in-home health aides

Jun 19, 2014

James Haveman, Director of the Michigan Department of Community Health
James Haveman, Director of the Michigan Department of Community Health
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Michigan Health Director Jim Haveman says a Medicaid program that pays for in-home care is being revamped.

A recent state audit showed the program allowed some convicted felons to work with patients.

Haveman says the changes will protect taxpayers and patients.

"It’s not going to allow people who have been charged with murder, it’s not going to allow people who have been charged with Medicaid fraud," says Haveman.  "They’re not going to be permitted to be part of this program."
   
The audit also found the program misspent $160 million over three years.