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.
“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.”