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Awesome: Medicare paid $120 million to ineligibles in two years

posted at 7:58 pm on January 24, 2013 by

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.

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What, no dead recipients? I is dissapoint.

nobar on January 24, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Yeah, but it has like a 0.00001% overhead cost or something. So it’s way better run than private insurance.

besser tot als rot on January 24, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Add this the growing list of things in this Admin’s “What Difference Does it Make?” folder.

gsherin on January 24, 2013 at 8:32 PM

$120 million? That’s a few junkets for Obama. Means nothing.

Paul-Cincy on January 24, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Waste fraud and abuse, for the children.

tom daschle concerned on January 24, 2013 at 8:46 PM

It doesn’t matter because it would only make a dimple in our overall financial mess.
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CW on January 24, 2013 at 9:14 PM

That amount seems small. Bet it’s much bigger than that in reality.

Hummer53 on January 24, 2013 at 9:14 PM

They’ve found an ant on an ant hill: “fraud and abuse cost Medicare and Medicaid as much as $98 billion in 2011.

theperfecteconomist on January 24, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Nearly 3,000 illegal immigrants made thousands of claims resulting in $91.6 million in services

That’s only $30,533 per claimant.

Yeah, maybe it’s time to stop paying taxes.

Zolf on January 25, 2013 at 3:24 AM

Between that and getting rid of NPR you all sure have this debt thing figured out.

libfreeordie on January 25, 2013 at 8:02 AM

^perfect example of how ignorant and unserious the libtards are when it comes to anything remotely related to the economics.

tom daschle concerned on January 25, 2013 at 8:21 AM

That $120 million figure seems a bit low when I’ve seen reports of over a $2 billion a month in Medicare fraud .. in Florida.

J_Crater on January 25, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Shouldn’t that read 600 million? I thought the new thing was to take the data out 10 years, or is that only for tax increases and budget cuts? Evidently the higher numbers assosciated with fraud and waste don’t look so good over 10 years.

weaselyone on January 25, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Whatever though, what’s a hundred mil here and there, really?

$120 million? That’s a few junkets for Obama. Means nothing.

Paul-Cincy on January 24, 2013 at 8:42 PM

The big-government addicts in Washington have totally accomplished one main goal: Making huge amounts of money sound completely insignificant. Now that we’re used to numbers starting with Ts, the Bs and Ms don’t even register…

Marcola on January 25, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Expect the Inspector General to be reassigned shortly.

Hill60 on January 25, 2013 at 12:07 PM

WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?!?

Ferris on January 25, 2013 at 2:46 PM