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CHICAGO (AP) _ An internal state government memo says auditors have found the Illinois Medicaid program has paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records.

The Associated Press obtained the memo through a Freedom of InformationAct request. The memo, dated Friday, says the state auditor compared clients enrolled in the Medicaid database with state death records dating back to 1970. Auditors identified overpayments for services to roughly 2,900 people after the date of their deaths.

The heads of the departments of Healthcare and Family Services and Human Services outline steps to fix the problem in the memo to their senior staffs.

The memo states that more than $7 million has been recovered and the rest is expected to be recouped by year’s end.

18 comments

  • GG

    “The memo states that more than $7 million has been recouped.” So what has happened to the other $5 million? There is so much fraud that goes on in our Medicaid “system” and NO ONE is tracking it until it is too late… There was an article just the other day that stated 86 million people are supporting148 million people that are not working… Remember – you will eventually run out of other people’s money and then what are you going to do?

    • Steven Sweeney

      All the dead folks are getting rewarded for voting democrat multiple times.Just like Ohio, North Carolina and the ACORN frauds.if you want voter or entitlement fraud, look no further than the Democrat party!

      • ByeByeToTheRite

        But if you want CORPORATE FRAUD, that destroyed the housing market, and CORPORATE WELFARE HANDOUTS to big corporations, that cost us FIFTY TIMES AS MUCH as these peanuts here, look no farther than the Republican party!

        This $12 MILLION wouldn’t pay one installment of the welfare checks we write for corporate America every day, sucker. Not that I expect YOU to get it, of course.

    • ByeByeToTheRite

      I think they handed out the $5 MILLION to Boeing as a welfare tax break. But that’s a good thing in the deficient brain of the right-winger, right?

      • Steven Sweeney

        Why can’t liberals do math? Solyndra got 100 million-for nothing! Syrian terrorists-1.5 billion+ tanks and jets..GM-10 billion cost to the taxpayers for at least 10 deaths.Failed stimulus for shovel ready jobs, and those millions for “electric cars” they’re gone too. Obama took donations fromall these cronies, and wrote government checks afterwards.Just ask goldman sachs, who are tax exempt on tens of BILLIONS, that’s where timmy geittner the tax cheat treasurer came from.They just gave Hitlary 400k for 2 speeches last month.Throw in race baiter rev al and his 2 million owed in back taxes, and you have more than enough proof that democrat corruption is bankrupting the country just like Illinois!

  • ByeByeToTheRite

    Gasp! Oh my – a whopping $12 MILLION? Statewide? Wow, that IS a lot of money to lose to medicaid corruption – no WONDER the Tea Party is so upset! $12 MILLION?

    Why, that’s almost HALF of what Crestwood was asked to handover to the wealthy deveopers of Crestwood Plaza – they asked for $30 MILLION but didn’t get it – yet.

    (Of course, we had a mayoral election and most fine Republican Crestwood citizens, so firmly against high taxes and welfare handouts, voted the guy out who was blocking it, and voted in the puppet stooge of the developers who wants to handout the $30 MILLION is welfare, just to see Crestwood Plaza redeveloped into an upscale restaurant and bowling alley, but I digress here.)

    That’s ALMOST as much as Shrewsbury just handed out in corporate welfare to Wal-Mart to build one there.

    In fact, $12 MILLION doesn’t even come CLOSE to the welfare handout out almost routinely to wealthy developers throughout our nation today.

    But you brainwashed sheep of the Tea Party Republicans – keep believing drug-addict Rush!

    It’s $12 MILLION in corruption like THIS costing us taxpayer such high taxes, right? Not the HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS we handout to developer and big corporations, right?

    How can a group of people who believe that be MORE FULL OF IT??

    • Steven Sweeney

      talk to the dog eater about taxes.obama only pays 19%.His secretary and every poster here pays more. Zuckerberg and soros are billionairs that pay ZERO.Dem bundlers..Mayor deblasio, the dem closing charter schools, only pays 8%.If you want to skip taxes, just give barry a check, and you get Swiss citizenship and tax exemption.Or even an appointment to be an ambassador for 500k..Feel free to google ANY of my points.Liberals usually can’t read, others like bye bye are so entrenched in denial they can excuse anything.as long as it’s partisan. Enjoy it til November. The mid terms will return this country back to the REAL AMERICANS, not the socialist left.

    • ByeByeToTheRite

      Hey, that’s pretty clever – for a dimwit right-winger, anyway – to fake my name with different capitalization!

      But you still used the wrong version of “too”, so that gives away that this is not a genuine post of a real patriotic citizen like ByeByeToTheRite, but just another pathetic right-wing dimwad. Maybe if ya didn’t spend so much time licking yer gun barrels you’d be able to use proper English.

      And that typical right-wing reference to people not working?…. So, what branch of the military or which military contractor or law enforcement job did you work at to “earn” YER government welfare handout? But you really “worked” to “earn” it, right? Yeah, right.

  • ByeByeToTheRite

    Still, let’s bottom line this….

    $12 MILLION since 1970 for Medicaid fraud in one state. A reason to rant and whine for the gullible, lost sheep of the far-right.

    $1 TRILLION in ONE YEAR for taxpayer money thrown away for Bush’s phony war in Iraq that we lost.

    $100 MILLION in ONE YEAR – money we local St. Louisans and Missourians handed over to the Cardinals owners – VERY wealthy men -as welfare for the stadium.

    Maybe I got it figured out – maybe right-wingers are too dense in the brain to comprehend the vast difference among those amounts of money – do you right-wingers like Steven and the phony ByeBye even understand that $1 TRILLION is bigger than $12 MILLION? That means it’s a “larger” number, meaning more. Do you grasp that, or is anything beyond pulling a trigger on a gun too complicated for ya?

    I will confess to one thing, though – I think Republicans may win this November. I have to admit, each year I think Americans get dumb and dumber, and my fear is I think it may be to the point where more than 50% of Americans are dumber than a small rock. Just look at all those rednecks in Nevada – look like primitive people who haven’t evolved normally over the last 150 years. If we got many like that, then this nation is toast, I can assure you.

    History proves that any system run selfishly for the few by extreme right-wing philosophy just don’t last long. We may be doomed.

    So I’ll give ya that. Hope “yer” proud of it too.

    • Steven Sweeney

      Do you mean the 7 TRILLION the dog eater added to the deficit? before you blame bush, Reagan inherited a cluster and fixed it.Unlike the dog eating dictator.This country has been run by dems for almost 7 years! Straight into the ground, which is why even YOU are conceding dems are done in november.Obama’s dismal approval ratings are lower than a crack smoking canadien!Maybe they will listen to deranged harpy pelosi and “run on Obamacare!” LOL Bye bye , you didn’t tell us you had a sister! You two sound just alike. And are just about as popular..

      • Jules

        ByeBye has a sister and they decided to get married…… Now they can both cash in on their government entitlements!

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