Alabama may have to refund $96.5 million in Medicaid funding to U.S. government

Alabama may have to pay approximately $96.5 million back to the federal government after two federal audits found the state miscalculated Medicaid costs.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General published two audits in July that said the Alabama Medicaid Agency miscalculated Medicaid public assistance administrative costs from 2010 to 2012 by $75.2 million and made errors in calculating public expenditures by at least $21.3 million in 2010.

The Alabama Medicaid Agency announced in July it was cutting $14 million in payment bumps to primary care doctors, sparking concern from doctors over availability of care for many residents.

The agency had requested an additional $85 million to be fully funded in 2017.

Gov. Robert Bentley signed a bill into law Thursday allocating $120 million of the $640 million in BP oil spill settlement money to the Alabama Medicaid Agency over the next two years.

The new law also repaid $400 million to state rainy-day funds that the Legislature …
Go to Source