U.S. says Pa. should return $7.95M

Posted: June 26, 2012

The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare should refund $7.95 million in excess payments for the Medicaid Behavioral HealthChoices program to the federal government, the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said.

Federal officials said the money was the federal share of $15 million that Philadelphia returned to the state in 2009.

The inspector general's report also said that Pennsylvania should develop better internal controls to ensure that the state properly refunds money due to the federal government.

The state said in its response to the report that it did not believe the refund was warranted and asserted that it does have adequate internal controls.

– Harold Brubaker

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