Unions block Medicaid scrub that could’ve saved state $350M a year

By Paul Kersey
11/29/2013
It wouldn’t be entirely fair to say that government unions exist solely to make government less effective and more expensive, but sometimes that’s just exactly what they do. One blatant example came a few weeks ago, when American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 31 pushed the state into abandoning its contract with...

TAGS: AFSCME: American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, fraud, maximus, Medicaid, waste

More than 216,000 Illinois Medicaid enrollees found ineligible

By Jonathan Ingram
11/14/2013
In January, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, or HFS, began a new project verifying eligibility for Illinois’ Medicaid enrollees. For years, state workers had failed to take adequate steps to ensure the people receiving Medicaid benefits were actually eligible for the program. As an Auditor General report noted, state workers failed to verify basic...

TAGS: fraud, Medicaid, scrub

Half of Illinois Medicaid enrollees reviewed found ineligible

By Jonathan Ingram
11/08/2013
In January, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, or HFS, began a new project verifying eligibility for Illinois’ 2.7 million Medicaid enrollees. For years, state workers had failed to take adequate steps to ensure the people receiving Medicaid benefits were actually eligible for the program. As an Auditor General report noted, state workers failed to...

TAGS: AFSCME: American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, eligibility, fraud, Medicaid, Pat Quinn