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Medicaid errors studied

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 21:42:26 CDT

Early results of a study of Illinois' Medicaid rolls show many recipients don't actually qualify. As part of a broad overhaul of the state's health care program for the poor, Illinois hired a company, to verify recipient eligibility. Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services Director Julie Hamos says 13,000 thousand of 20,000 individuals reviewed since the start of the year do not qualify to be on Medicaid. That amounts to 65%. Hamos says she expects number to go down, as reviews continue.

Hamos says she hopes the review will be done by the end of the year. The study is only a recommendation. Hamos says the Department of Human Services will make final coverage decisions. Hamos says it's too early to know how much money Illinois could save by potentially kicking thousands off Medicaid rolls. At the same time, Hamos says lawmakers need to prepare to bring another 300-thousand people ON to Medicaid as part of the federal Affordable Care Act.

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