North Carolina Repaying Feds $300 Million For Medicaid Error

The state of North Carolina will repay the federal government about $300 million overdrawn by Medicaid officials because of a billing error.

State Health and Human Services Secretary Lanier Cansler said Friday the state will be able to pay $200 million of it back immediately with the rest in the months ahead.

Cansler said the repayment won't affect the state budget situation or treatment to patients.

The problem began last November when employees made changes to the rate the federal government pays for Medicaid. It caused more
public hospital payments to be billed to the wrong account.

Cansler said the mistake was reported to him last week but should have been caught earlier. He said internal controls are being improved.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 27, 2009 at 10:57 PM
    It's only 300 million.
  • by Kevin Location: Kinston on Jul 26, 2009 at 07:09 AM
    Great job NC officials. So I guess you are saying I will be paying $10 a pack for my cigs since you can't handle billing. And to mhb, they won't fire anyone for this mistake they will just figure out a way to do it and not get caught.
  • by brandon Location: washington on Jul 25, 2009 at 01:54 AM
    Why do we continue to vote these lawyers into office and trust them to look out for our government. It has been proven time and time again that they do not know how to add or can be trusted with our money. Maybe it's time to put a regular person in the office
  • by B on Jul 24, 2009 at 07:54 PM
    she can't even pick her nose right
  • by State Employee Location: NC on Jul 24, 2009 at 07:33 PM
    THANKS BEV! You definately know how to pick them!
  • by Oooopppps ! Location: ENC on Jul 24, 2009 at 05:28 PM
    Bet Cansler will be apologizing for a while, as if Bev doesn't already have enough budget woes. How 'bout NOT taking this mistake out of the State of NC employees paychecks!!
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 24, 2009 at 04:44 PM
    Lanier Cansler is a waterhead idiot that was appointed by even bigger idiot, Beverly Perdue.
  • by mhb Location: washington on Jul 24, 2009 at 04:30 PM
    okay so that was a mighty big oversight, wonder if the unemployment rate just went up again???

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