Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't the only one limping along in the Golden State.
A task force has urged Californias Medicaid program to upgrade its aging computer system and convert to an all-electronic claims-payment process in an effort to clamp down on an estimated $3 billion in fraudulent payments annually. The program, known as Medi-Cal, spends a total of about $34 billion annually.
"The computer system is based on 30-year-old technologies that prevent regulators and prosecutors from obtaining the information they need to quickly identify fraud and hold perpetrators accountable," California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said in a news release. Lockyer set up the task force, which issued its recommendations Dec. 28. Read the task force's report.