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Friday, January 03, 2014

HHS: $60 Billion In Medicare And Medicaid Overpayments In 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimated that in 2013 it improperly spent about $65 billion in taxpayer funds through waste, errors, and fraud, a figure that was primarily fueled by an estimated $60 billion in overpayments to Medicare and Medicaid.

According to the HHS FY 2013 financial report releasedin mid-December, last year HHS improperly spent a total of $65.3 billion under all its programs, an increase from the $64.8 billion misspent in 2012.

Erroneous payments by Medicare increased by almost 12 percent, from around $44.3 billion in 2012 to almost $49.9 billion in 2013. That means that last year, nearly $1 out of every $10 spent on Medicare beneficiaries was doled out by mistake.

Conversely, Medicaid saw a substantial decrease in payment errors of about 25 percent, down from about $19.2 billion in 2012 to $14.4 billion in 2013.



Anonymous said...

Why is this considered acceptable?
Some of that is MY money.
Hard worked, several jobs (at times), earned money that they give away to every liar, thief, and illegal.
And then they nickel and dime us to death.
Clean up your friggin act.

Anonymous said...

Don't you think if they found about all the errors & fraud from 2012, that they might be more careful about what they pay out the next year. Amazing!

Anonymous said...

This is the same government that has been pursuing me for a minor mistake on my taxes.

Anonymous said...

Government is to incompetent to run certain programs.