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Abraham calls for Inspector General investigation into LDH over Medicaid report

August 1, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, is calling for acting Inspector General Joanne Chiedi to investigate whether the Louisiana Department of Health violated the law by knowingly distributing a flawed report that inflated the economic benefits of Medicaid Expansion.

LDH used federal funds to commission a report through LSU to examine the economic benefits of Medicaid expansion. That report claimed that expansion generated thousands of new jobs and saved the state hundreds of millions of dollars. However, recent reports have called those findings into question due to the methodology LSU used in its research that may have resulted in an over-counting of benefits.

Federal law prohibits the use of federal Medicaid funding to disseminate deliberately false or misleading information. Abraham’s letter asks for the Office of the Inspector General to investigate whether LDH violated the law by disseminating the false report to the public.

"There’s no question that Medicaid expansion in Louisiana has been poorly administered, considering the tens of millions in benefits paid to thousands of ineligible recipients. I have every reason to believe that LDH commissioned a bad report to mislead the public about how their tax dollars are being used. The people of Louisiana deserve an answer, and it is clear that we cannot trust LDH to regulate itself. The Inspector General needs to investigate and get to the bottom of this,” Abraham said.

Click here to read Abraham’s letter to the Inspector General.