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|Subject: The Fraud Is Really Too Little To Mention||Date: 9/7/2013 4:28 PM|
|Author: 2828||Number: 696083 of 709850|
In January, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, or HFS, began a new project verifying eligibility for Illinois' 2.7 million Medicaid enrollees. For years, state workers had failed to take adequate steps to ensure the people receiving Medicaid benefits were actually eligible for the program. As an Auditor General report noted, state workers failed to verify basic eligibility criteria, such as income, residency and citizenship status. Worse yet, some of the annual eligibility checks had been delayed for more than five years.
So state lawmakers pushed HFS to hire an independent vendor who specializes in this kind of work to review Medicaid eligibility. Since January, the independent vendor has reviewed eligibility for nearly 267,000 individuals currently enrolled in Medicaid. That means that roughly 10 percent of the state’s Medicaid program has been audited by the vendor.
Of those, the vendor identified more than 131,000 who were ineligible for benefits. Another 30,000 cases reviewed so far this year were eligible for some benefits, but enrolled in the wrong program. For example, some individuals enrolled in Medicaid may only qualify for programs with greater cost-sharing. Overall, the review has yielded an eligibility error rate of more than 60 percent.
Reminds me of liberals who say there is no vote fraud.
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