AG Derek Schmidt commends initial approval of Medicaid Inspector General

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TOPEKA – (October 9, 2018) – A committee of state senators today gave initial approval to the appointment of Sarah Fertig as Medicaid Inspector General, allowing her to begin serving in the position, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

The Senate Confirmation Oversight Committee today voted to allow Fertig to begin serving as Medicaid Inspector General. Fertig’s appointment is subject to a final vote of the full Senate when the Legislature convenes next year.

“Today’s action will allow Sarah to begin the process of reestablishing the Office of the Inspector General,” Schmidt said. “While this process will take time, the committee’s vote today is an important step toward establishing a professional, independent office of inspector general to improve operations of the state healthcare programs within the inspector general’s authority.”

Schmidt nominated Fertig to the position in January. The nomination followed action by the Legislature in 2017 to move the Office of the Inspector General from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to the Kansas Attorney General’s Office. The office currently has no employees, office space or equipment, but today’s committee action will allow work on all of those matters to begin.

“I am honored and excited to begin the hard work of rebuilding this important oversight function,” Fertig said.

For the past seven years, Fertig, of Lawrence, has served as an assistant attorney general in the Legal Opinions and Government Counsel Division at Schmidt’s office. Her previous professional experience includes serving as inspector general for the Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority and working in the Global Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences Division of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Fertig earned both her bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Kansas and is a Certified Inspector General, which is one of the statutory requirements for the inspector general.