Feds: Louisiana must refund $7 million

logo_dhhs_lrgLouisiana erroneously claimed more than $7 million in bonus payments related to its children’s health insurance program that need to be repaid, a federal inspector general’s report concludes.

The state Medicaid program “overstated” program enrolment, including ineligible individuals, in requests to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, called CMS, according to the report.

“We recommend that the state agency refund $7,124,602 to the federal government and ensure that future requests for … bonus payments include only qualifying children to comply with federal requirements,” the inspector general said.

State Department of Health and Hospitals officials concurred with the finding and promised future compliance.

DHH press secretary Olivia Watkins said the agency became aware of the “administrative error” and has corrected it.

The agency “will work closely with CMS as they determine if they agree with the report,” Watkins said. If CMS agrees with the inspector general’s finding, the state would then get instructions on how that money would be recouped, she said.

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