Medicaid fraud weighs heavy on budgets—both state and federal—and robs important resources from the truly needy. Every dollar lost to waste, fraud, or abuse is a dollar that cannot go to fund services for those with genuine and urgent needs.
So, it is alarming that recent audits in Kentucky found a troubling number of individuals receiving Medicaid despite being potentially ineligible. In fact, two separate federal audits uncovered that, under the Beshear administration, up to eight percent of Medicaid enrollees in Kentucky were potentially ineligible for the benefits they were receiving.
The numbers add up quickly and have a massive effect: more than 100,000 enrollees were potentially ineligible, costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.