State error costs taxpayers $500k

Carter Wrenn has been on the tail of DHHS secretary Lanier Cansler, whom he suspects of being in a sweetheart relationship with a vendor, for several months.

This came across the presses today:

The state owes the federal government more than $541,000 for improperly reporting how much it paid for birth control drugs under the Medicaid program.

According to a federal audit of the Medicaid family planning program, the state underreported how much it had received in drug company rebates. The federal government pays most of the state’s Medicaid costs, and because the rebates were reported inaccurately, the federal government paid too much.

The state Department of Health and Human Services acknowledged that it made mistakes. In a December letter, DHHS secretary Lanier Cansler agreed to the repayment and said the problem uncovered in the audit would be fixed.

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