Medicaid Audit “very very disturbing,” Speaker DeLeo

Audit: half a billion Medicaid dollars wasted

In this file photo from 2014, House Speaker Robert Deleo (D-Winthrop), talks to members of the media.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts House speaker Robert Deleo said he’s “very disturbed” by a new audit that suggests the state’s Medicaid program wasted hundreds of millions of dollars through unnecessary payments and missed savings opportunities.

State Auditor Suzanne Bump released her findings Tuesday.  The report covers a five year period starting in late 2009.

It found MassHealth, the state Medicaid program, made $233 million in unnecessary direct payments for medical services that should have been paid for by managed care organizations.  And it goes on to suggest the state could have saved another $288 million through more specific structuring of managed care contracts.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo was in Springfield Tuesday night at a Barney Carriage House function to honor fellow democrat, State Representative Angelo Puppolo.  DeLeo told 22News if true, this must stop, but he needs to go over it more carefully.

“We’re just at the report stage. I haven’t reviewed it.  I haven’t finalized it, or asked any questions to verify anything.  But if what’s said is true, it’s very very disturbing,” DeLeo said.

In a response included with the audit, MassHealth said it believed that $127 million in payments questioned by Bump were appropriate.

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