Audit: Illinois Keeps Making Health Care Payments for Dead
A new report finds Illinois has continued making health care payments for people who died, despite officials saying last year that the problem needed to be fixed.
A report from the state's auditor general released Thursday found $3.7 million was paid for medical care for about 1,100 people who died. The report found nearly 6,000 people were still marked as eligible for medical services despite being listed as deceased elsewhere in state or federal records.
The Associated Press reported in April that the state's Medicaid program overpaid $12.3 million for services to deceased individuals in 2013. The vast majority of overpayments went to managed care contracts with insurance companies, who then pay for health care for the poor and disabled.
The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports a Department of Healthcare and Family Services spokesman says 99.9 percent of the 2014 payments are expected to be recovered from insurance companies.