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Improper Medicaid Payments Top $57 Billion in Fiscal Year 2019

Nov. 18, 2019, 11:36 PM

The Trump administration hopes to curb a startling rise in improper Medicaid payments by stepping up its crackdown on ineligible program beneficiaries.

Improper Medicaid payments reached nearly $57.4 billion in fiscal year 2019, up from $36.2 billion in fiscal year 2018, according to audit data released Nov. 18 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Medicare is faring better. Improper payments under traditional Medicare fell by $7 billion from fiscal years 2017 to 2019 to a total of $28.9 billion. That’s the lowest level since 2010.

The errant Medicaid payments accounted for nearly 15% of Medicaid payments in FY...

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