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Congresswoman: NC ‘flushed’ $200M ‘down the toilet,’ feds will pick up tab [VIDEO]

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      Nicholas Ballasy

      Nicholas Ballasy is the Senior Video Reporter for The Daily Caller covering Congress and national politics. Ballasy has interviewed a wide range of political leaders and celebrities including former President Bill Clinton, Sen. John McCain, Sen. John Kerry, former Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speakers Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich, Kevin Spacey, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Joan Rivers, Gloria Estefan, Jon Stewart, Dave Matthews, Neil Munro, Stevie Wonder, etc. His work has been featured by CNN, Fox News, NBC, CBS, ABC, The Drudge Report, Washington Post and New York Times, among others.

North Carolina Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx said on the House floor Thursday that the federal government will be “shelling out” $200 million to cover the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Service’s “incompetence” and “inability” to keep “a lid” on costs for an upgrade to their Medicaid billing system.

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“This is a classic example of how government bureaucracies view federal taxpayer dollars as manna from heaven. … When taxpayers hear stories like this, they wonder why they even pay taxes in the first place,” said Foxx, a member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee.

According to the Government Accountability Office, in 2010 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported an estimate of “almost $48 billion in Medicare improper payments” and $22.5 billion for Medicaid. The causes of the improper payments include “inadequate documentation, medically unnecessary services, coding errors, and payment calculation errors.”

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