Low Medicaid error rate not enough for state officials

Arizona's Medicaid program has a dramatically lower rate of ineligible enrollees than in the past, although state officials still believe there is room for improvement, reported the East Valley Tribune. Arizona's Auditor General concluded there was a 1.1 percent error rate involving improper enrollment in the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, which includes Medicaid. In a 2008 federal survey, the error rate was about 2 percent in Arizona and more than 6 percent nationwide.

The current error rate translates into about $50 million a year being spent on providing care for enrollees who are not eligible for the program. "We're certainly going to do everything in our power to get some of it resolved," Gov. Jan Brewer told the newspaper. Article