Awesome: Medicare paid $120 million to ineligibles in two years
posted at 7:58 pm on January 24, 2013 by Erika Johnsen
Yet another resounding example of the inbred inefficiencies of big government at work. Whatever though, what’s a hundred mil here and there, really?
Illegal immigrants and prison inmates received more than $120 million in Medicare services from 2009-2011 despite federal law that makes them ineligible for the program, according to two new reports from the HHS inspector general.
The issue, according to the reports, is timing. When Medicare is alerted that someone is incarcerated or undocumented, its contractors help prevent payments from going out the door. But often, Medicare’s databases aren’t up to date, and improper payments go out. …
Nearly 3,000 illegal immigrants made thousands of claims resulting in $91.6 million in services improperly covered by Medicare during the three-year period studied in the report.