The House Energy and Commerce Committee told governors in all 50 states that it is investigating state Medicaid programs and asked for their cooperation. The investigation is in reaction to a General Accounting Office report in January that for the first time put Medicaid on the list of government programs at high risk of fraud and abuse. The investigation will center on three areas: schemes by states to get inappropriate federal matching funds; whether state Medicaid waivers are achieving budget neutrality for the federal government; and how states are addressing fraud and abuse. States and the federal government spent $228 billion on Medicaid in 2001, and the final figure for 2002 is projected to be 14% higher. -- by Tony Fong
Congress to investigate state Medicaid programs
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