Watchdog: Miss. made $21M Medicaid mistake, owes refund

The state Division of Medicaid could face an unwelcome expenditure, following a federal audit’s findings that the agency, in error, claimed $21.2 million in unallowable reimbursements from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over a three-year period.

The report released by the Office of Inspector General last month recommends the state refund that amount to the federal government.

The review centers on administrative costs submitted for the state’s school-based Medicaid program for the fiscal years 2010-2012. Under the program, states can be reimbursed for certain services carried out at schools such as identifying and enrolling potentially eligible children in Medicaid. Mississippi’s school-based program is administered by the state Department of Education, and the years in question predate current state Superintendent Carey’s Wright’s tenure.

Clarion Ledger