Never let it be said that Democrats don’t take care of their constituents. Dead voters frequently supply the margin of victory to Democrats in key elections, so it makes sense that the signature achievement of the Democratic Party in the Obama era takes special care of the dead.
Matthew Hamilton of the Albany Times-Union reports:
An audit released Thursday by the state comptroller’s office shows that Medicaid payments went to claims for hundreds of dead enrollees in the New York State of Health system.
Of $3.4 million in overpayments found by auditors, $325,030 in claims associated with 230 deceased New Yorkers identified as active Medicaid recipients was paid out, according to the audit. In total, 354 deceased New Yorkers were found to be enrolled in the system, with 21 of those people officially enrolled after they had died.
“With few exceptions, these overpayments were for managed care premiums,” the audit states. “The overpayments occurred because the Department did not conduct sufficient periodic verifications of enrollees’ life status to remove deceased individuals from active Medicaid enrollment.”