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Major flaw in Maryland health site may mean $30 million in unnecessary Medicaid payments

Posted by on Friday, February 28th, 2014 @ 10:31 am.

By  and , Updated: Thursday, February 27, 11:58 AM

Washingtonpost.com

Republicans_Health_Care-09dfb-529A single flaw in Maryland’s troubled online health insurance system will cost the state an estimated $30.5 million in excess Medicaid payments over the next 18 months because the system cannot accurately identify recipients who should be removed from the rolls, a report by state budget officials said.

The money will pay for coverage for thousands of individuals who are enrolled in Medicaid but whose income likely has increased to the point that they no longer qualify for the subsidy, which helps cover health costs for low-income individuals.

Maryland’s system cannot check whether Medicaid recipients earn too much to re-qualify. Rather than remove people incorrectly, the state reached an agreement with federal officials to delay reviews and continue payments until the site is repaired.

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