A state Senate committee has advanced legislation that would create an inspector general to investigate fraud and abuse in Arkansas' Medicaid program.
The Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee on Thursday endorsed the proposal by Republican Sen. David Sanders of Little Rock that would authorize the governor to appoint an inspector general for the joint federal-state program.
The inspector general would report directly to the governor's office.
Sanders' proposal now heads to the full Senate for a vote.
The bill is among several proposals Republicans have put forth that they say will curb costs in the Medicaid program, which serves more than 776,000 people in the state.
The proposal does not specify a salary for the new position.