HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is launching random audits of private contractors hired by the state to provide care for people covered by the state’s Medicaid program.
There are about 2.75 million people covered by Medicaid in Pennsylvania, as of December, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.
“Taxpayers pay billions of dollars a year for the medical and human services that are provided by vendors hired by the Department of Human Services,” DePasquale said. “As Pennsylvania’s chief fiscal watchdog, I will make sure that services being billed to the state are actually delivered to patients.”
A grand jury report released last week examining steps to help detect and prevent fraud in the Medicaid program said the state’s Medicaid program cost about $33 billion last year.