In El Paso, there are close to 200,000 people receiving the SNAP food benefit (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), which offers nutrition assistance to millions of low-income individuals.
OIG, whose charge is to prevent, detect, and investigate fraud, waste, and abuse in Medicaid and other aspects of the health and human services system, is in the midst of a complete rebuild.
The new head of the state health agency’s investigative division visited with stakeholders in Hidalgo County to learn about local healthcare issues and promote his vision.
Stuart Bowen, a former top aide to George W. Bush both as governor and president, is polishing a 64-page report he hopes will mark a turning point for the agency and outline a vision that will make this office one you’ll have no reason to hear about — because it works.
In January, Stuart Bowen took charge of a state office rocked by accusations of corruption, incompetence and inefficiency. Responsible for ferreting out fraud amid the programs and procedures of the sprawling Health and Human Services Commission, the office of Inspector General itself remains under a cloud. He hopes a new law kicking in Sept. 1 will help revive the office's performance and perception.