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State Owes $21 Million For Faulty Medicaid Claims

September 14th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

The Baltimore Sun reports a federal investigator has found that Maryland's Medicaid program had a 95 percent error rate in seeking reimbursement for room and board for the developmentally disabled and thus owes the U.S. government nearly $21 million.

Advocates expressed concern that the findings could lead to budget cuts to the program and longer stays on waiting lists for vulnerable individuals and struggling families.

In a report released Friday, the inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said that over a three-year period, state health officials routinely billed the federal government for room-and-board costs that were ineligible under Medicaid rules. Medicaid is a joint federal-state program to pay for health care for the poor and disabled.

 

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