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.”