AIKEN, SC (WCSC) - A new federal audit says South Carolina may have spent more than $406 million on improper Medicaid payments.
State Department of Health and Human Services Executive Director Tony Keck said many of the people who received the improper benefits would have qualified for the money if procedures had been properly followed. The report, which was released Friday, is based on records that are more than a year old.
Keck said that the federal report underscores shortcomings in the state's cash-strapped Medicaid program and that the department is already working to correct the problems.
The estimate of $406 million in inappropriate payments is based on a review of about 500 cases.
Keck said the state has been redesigning its eligibility procedures and will increase its efforts to audit who gets benefits.