Medicaid audit uncovers Louisiana lagniappe

Thursday, December 6, 2018
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

cash 100-dollar bill"Stunning and horrifying" is the response to a new report on Medicaid expansion in Louisiana under Obamacare. 

In an attempt to study Medicaid's impact under the Affordable Care Act, Louisiana auditor Daryl G. Purpera selected 100 people deemed eligible for the program.

It turned out that a whopping 82 of them should never have qualified because they made too much money.

"It's stunning and horrifying," says Kristina Rasmussen, vice president of federal affairs at the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA).

"Taxpayer dollars are going to provide welfare to people who don't qualify for it, who don't deserve it," she complains, "and every dollar that goes to a fraudster is every dollar that we can't send to the truly needy."

In a related article, The Washington Times quoted Purpera as saying his finding is "huge" and he predicted that other state auditors, if they study the numbers, will conclude their own state is being defrauded, too. 

The Times story said a federal inspector general pulled 150 Medicaid receipients in California and found 38 were ineligible. 

"A similar report in California was released by their auditor and found problems with dead people being on the rolls, or people who are otherwise ineligible," Rasmussen tells OneNewsNow. 

The problem now being uncovered, she advises, began with a nationwide "rush" to sign people up for Obamacare, which cut corners. 

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