Gov’t Waste: Comptroller General Declares Medicaid Waste Worse Than Official Estimates

Waste in the federal government’s fastest growing programs — Medicaid and Medicare — is probably much worse than anyone knows, U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro told members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (HOGR) Wednesday.

Medicaid’s improper payment rate — benefits the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) incorrectly pays recipients — is probably higher than the official estimate of 10 percent or $36 billion the Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced in 2015, GAO head Dodaro said in a Wednesday hearing on high-risk federal programs. GAO placed Medicaid on its list of high-risk programs released Wednesday, as it has every year since 2003.

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