Health Care Programs Still Vulnerable To Fraud

BALTIMORE (AP) — An audit of programs that provide health care benefits to low-income Maryland residents shows that not enough has been done to control costs and prevent fraud.

The review by the Office of Legislative Audits of the Medical Care Programs Administration comes two years after a former state worker pleaded guilty to stealing almost $1.8 million from the Kidney Disease Program.

Auditors reviewed from September 2005 to June 2009, found the programs did not fully correct procedures.

The Medical Care Programs Administration spent about $6.8 billion on behalf of about 881,000 people in fiscal 2010.

John Folkemer, deputy secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene for health care, says some changes have been more and more are coming.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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