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Waste Watch: Healthcare For The Dead

Updated: Friday, May 30 2014, 03:54 PM CDT
ILLINOIS -- A new report from the state's Auditor General has uncovered taxpayer funds used to insure the dead.

An audit of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services shows the agency failed to match up death records with people who were receiving Medicaid benefits.

The result? $12.3 million paid for almost 3,000 individuals who had been dead for two months.

This report comes as lawmakers in the House just passed a bill to expand Medicaid.

"It's what happens here in Illinois, and that's why we spend so much money on Medicaid. We've gone from $7 to $15.5 million in five years, no fraud investigation, no certification and that's sort of what you expect," said State Rep. Rich Brauer.

Media reports in April brought the issue to light and since then the agency claims they are fixing the problem

The Department of Healthcare and Family Services sent WICS the following statement:

"The department developed corrective action plans to address the findings included in the Auditor General's report and has already implemented most of them."

IDHS is committed to providing the state's most vulnerable individuals with quality services."

The Auditor General's report does confirm the agency has implemented changes to address the problem, but could not confirm they had recouped taxpayer funds.Waste Watch: Healthcare For The Dead


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