GOP lawmakers raise audit issues in Medicaid budget hearing
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Republicans bristling about the rising price tag of Medicaid are questioning if Louisiana's health department is doing enough to respond to audits that found waste or misspending.
GOP lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee peppered health department officials Tuesday with inquiries during a budget hearing. They asked about state audits that documented money spent on ineligible services and that suggested millions could have been spent on people who earned too much to receive government-financed health insurance.
Republican Baton Rouge Rep. Rick Edmonds says lawmakers need more confidence in a program that is slated for a nearly $1 billion increase in its budget next year. Health Secretary Rebekah Gee says discussions focus too heavily on "a few egregious cases," while ignoring the thousands of people who received needed Medicaid health services.