January 16, 2020

Illinois Spent $4.6 Million on Medicaid for Dead People

  • Flyover Country

By: Nate James

In Brief:

Illinois owes the federal government millions of dollars for Medicaid it purchased on behalf of deceased people.

The Background:

Illinois Policy reports:

An audit by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Inspector General, or OIG, found Illinois spent $4.6 million on Medicaid coverage for dead people.

From October 2015 to September 2017, Illinois made 84 insurance payments for 80 deceased individuals that the state did not recover, according to OIG’s audit. The state now owes the federal government $3.2 million – the portion of the $4.6 million Illinois received from the federal health department.

State officials blamed the errors on a “technical flaw,” according to the Chicago Tribune, and said the state failed to enter the individuals’ death dates into the system.

Why It Matters:

Good job, government.

Notable Quotes:

“This is not the first time Illinois accidentally made Medicaid payments on behalf of dead people: Illinois spent $16 million on Medicaid coverage for 3,961 dead people between 2013 and 2014, according to previous audits.”

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