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Maryland Medicaid crackdown can't beat industry opposition

Baltimore Sun, March 25, 2009

The Maryland Senate narrowly killed Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to crack down on Medicaid fraud after doctors, hospitals, and the pharmaceutical industry had intensely opposed the bill. The plan to root out false claims was defeated by one vote with no debate in the Senate, after a behind-the-scenes lobbying effort that aligned many of the state's most powerful healthcare interests.