Medicaid Made $14.4 Billion Improper Payments Last Year

Marilyn Tavenner

The federal government paid out $14.4 billion in fraudulent reimbursements through Medicaid last year, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) highlighted a recent GAO report on the lack of oversight within Medicaid’s managed care organizations (MCOs) delivery system, which accounts for roughly $4 billion in waste each year.

Ellison’s Must Read of the Day

Ellison Barber

My must read of the day is “Obamacare Is Helping People Via Medicaid—Except In States Where Officials Are Fighting It,” by Jonathan Cohn, in the New Republic.

Factcheck: Obamacare and the State of the Union

President Barack Obama, accompanied by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. / AP

President Barack Obama spoke glowingly of Obamacare during his State of the Union address to Congress. However, on closer examination, many of the president’s statements on the Affordable Care Act turn out to be misleading and lacking context. Here are five of the president’s most important points on health care, along with explanations of the greater context.