Medicaid monitoring

Monday, January 26, 2004

(Sikeston, Mo.) Standard Democrat

One small portion of the Medicaid program involves "personal care services" intended to allow 37,000 elderly or disabled Missourians to remain in their own homes rather than move to nursing homes.

A new state audit of that program shows that identical services in St. Louis and Kansas City are costing the state twice the amount that is being charged in outstate Missouri. ...

And thus we have yet another example for those who believe we have ample programs to provide for the needy but we lack sufficient safeguards that taxpayer dollars are indeed being spent fairly and accurately. ...

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