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The study found that nearly 357,000 of 712,000 enrollees shouldn’t have received benefits.
Now, a review of the Illinois Medicaid program confirms massive waste and fraud.
A review was ordered more than a year ago– because of concerns about waste and abuse. So far, the state says reviewers have examined roughly 712-thousand people enrolled in Medicaid, and found that 357-thousand, or about half of them shouldn’t have received benefits. After further review, the state decided that the percentage of people who didn’t qualify was actually about one out of four.
“It says that we’ve had a system that is dysfunctional. Once people got on the rolls, there wasn’t the will or the means to get them off,” said Senator Bill Haines of Alton.
A state spokesman insists that the percentage of unqualified recipients will continue to drop dramatically as the review continues because the beginning of the process focused on the people that were most likely to be unqualified for those benefits. But regardless of how it ends, critics say it’s proof that Illinois has done a poor job of protecting tax payers money.
originally posted by: xuenchen
HALF of People Enrolled in Illinois Medicaid Are Not EligibleAs a side note, Illinois is one of several states $ Expanding $ Medicaid under PPACA.
The Medicaid program is jointly funded by the federal government and states. The federal government pays states for a specified percentage of program expenditures, called the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP). FMAP varies by state based on criteria such as per capita income.