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$36,731,130,000: Improper Medicaid Payments Skyrocket

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By Terence P. Jeffrey | cnsnews

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on the day in 2010 when President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act. (Screen Capture)

(CNSNews.com) – Improper payments made by the Medicaid program climbed from approximately $29,149,680,000 in fiscal 2015 to $36,731,130,000 in fiscal 2017, according to data published by the Department of Health and Human Services.

That is an increase of $7,581,450,000–or 26 percent.

“Despite efforts to reduce improper payments in the Medicaid program by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which oversees the program, overall improper payments continue to increase—rising to about $37 billion in fiscal year 2017 compared to $29.1 billion in fiscal year 2015,” GAO Health Care Director Carolyn Yocom told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today.

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