The state of Florida made $70.3 million in Medicaid payments to providers who had fraud allegations against them, according to an audit from the inspector general.
Benchmark Healthcare nursing home owner Johnnie Mac Sells pleaded guilty to two counts of health care fraud in U.S. District Court on Wednesday for spending over $600,000 in Medicaid funds on strippers, gambling, and pet care.
Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) stormed out of a meeting Tuesday with other Senate Republicans and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) on repealing the Affordable Care Act, saying afterward that he heard “undesirable” replacement plans at the gathering.
Entitlement programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and food stamps have gained tens of thousands of beneficiaries under the Obama administration.
The state of Florida paid managed care organizations roughly $26.2 million in Medicaid payments on behalf of dead beneficiaries in a span of five years, according to a report from the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services.
Under the expansion of the Affordable Care Act, there are 11.5 million able-bodied adults who are enrolled in Medicaid, more than double what was originally projected, according to a report from the Foundation for Government Accountability.
The number of emergency room visits increased in Illinois after the Affordable Care Act was implemented in 2014, according to a study from the Annals of Emergency Medicine.