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State seeks to get back Medicaid money

3 years 7 months 2 weeks ago March 08, 2013 Mar 8, 2013 Friday, March 08 2013 March 08, 2013 8:05 AM in News
Source: AP

BATON ROUGE- State officials have confirmed plans to ask an appellate court to overturn a federal judge's order that says Louisiana owed the federal government $239.5 million for Medicaid overpayments between 1996 and 2007.

Officials with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals contend in court filings that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services should have forgiven that debt. The Advocate reports that state officials said Thursday they repaid the $239.5 million a year ago, but want it back with interest.

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson, of Baton Rouge, last month agreed with federal attorneys' position that the money should not go back to the state.

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