The state wrongly paid $2.7 million for Medicaid health insurance for prisoners over a nearly two-year period, according to a legislative auditor’s report released Monday.
The questionable spending occurred in the Jindal administration’s new privatized Medicaid programs — Bayou Health and the Behavioral Health Partnership.
The audit found the state Department of Health and Hospitals paid the private companies $2.68 million in “participant fees” for 2,736 incarcerated individuals in violation of federal Medicaid policy. The improper payments occurred between Feb. 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2013.
Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera’s office had earlier found DHH making Medicaid payments for dead people during the same period.
A November 2013 report identified $1.85 million in payments for Medicaid health insurance coverage for more than 1,700 dead people.
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