Posted by Tina
The Office of Inspector General in it’s oversight capacity investigated California’s Medicaid program during the period from October 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015 and found enrollment irregularities amounting to $1 billion in fraud. David Catron of The American Spectator explains:
California is indeed the Golden State where Medicaid is concerned. The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found that, by exploiting Obamacare’s expansion of the program, California has enrolled hundreds of thousands of ineligible adults in Medicaid. Consequently, the state has bilked the federal government out of more than $1 billion in funding to which the state was not entitled. Indeed, these figures probably understate the amount of money that California officials have fraudulently extracted from the taxpayers. The OIG sampled a mere six-month period, from October 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015, to arrive at its damning assessment.
Doctors who commit such fraud are jailed and forced to pay heavy fines. The article cites a case (Boston Globe): “A Brookline doctor has been sentenced to 11 months in jail and ordered to pay $9.3 million for running a Medicaid fraud scheme.”
Unless something is done to discover and prosecute those who participated in this fraud, once again, government officials will be given special consideration over the average citizen. But the prosepects are not great. Due to the way the Obamacare law is written, California officials have no incentive to be efficient and will likely avoid paying a price:
California officials made no serious effort to verify any of these data. The OIG sample revealed that 18 percent of enrollees are obviously ineligible, and that another 9 percent are probably ineligible. All of these enrollees failed one or more of the above-noted eligibility requirements. So, what’s the problem? Obamacare removed the incentive to be efficient. At present, 1 in 3 Californians are enrolled in Medicaid. And, as long as the “Affordable Care Act” remains in place, the federal government will pay a minimum of 90 percent of California’s Medicaid costs for new enrollees. (emphasis mine)
California, the Piggy Authoritarian State, also has no incentive to secure the border and cooperate with ICE when they can use illegals to defraud the federal government for extra cash. How many illegals are among those fraudulently receiving Medicaid because California bureaucrats purposely dismiss eligibility rules?