LLA report: Dept. of Health may have misspent $85 million in Medicaid funds
A new audit says Louisiana's health department may have paid as much as $85 million over 20 months for Medicaid enrollees who didn't qualify for coverage.
Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office released the audit Tuesday.
Auditors found problems with the department's use of wage data to determine eligibility for people enrolled in Louisiana's Medicaid expansion program.
Congressman Ralph Abraham also responded today. He said, "this report is another sign that Gov. Edwards has no interest in actually making the Medicaid program work properly; he only cares about how many people he can put on the government healthcare rolls, regardless of whether they’re even eligible for the program. Louisianians deserve better than him wasting tens of millions of their hard-earned tax dollars on these improper payments, especially since the Governor has raised their taxes to help foot the bill.”
A second report is expected to be released later in November, detailing the entire Medicaid Expansion process.