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This from Wisconsin:

A federal audit of Wisconsin’s Medicaid program found that nearly $600,000 was paid to managed care organizations on behalf of patients who already had died.

The Wisconsin money involved 1,654 so-called capitation payments, which are monthly fixed payments on behalf of enrolled individuals who are low-income or who have disabilities. Medicaid is jointly administered by states and the federal government.

“Somebody is supposed to be checking if a person is dead or alive,” said state Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton), a member of the state Senate’s health and finance committees. “Obviously the process didn’t work.”

The process never works because it not’s their money!  And, yeah, somebody is supposed to checking on whether people are dead or not but when you are in a big government system playing with monopoly money then you lose sight of such things.  It happens all the time, right?  No. I bet it never happens, even at 1% relative value, at your business or personal checking account, though?

Funny how that is.

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