Medicaid: $34 Billion To Improve IT Systems Siphoned For Lack of Oversight

Money that went to reimburse billions of dollars to states in relation to keeping up data for Medicaid Management Information Systems (MMIS) and Eligibility and Enrollment (E&E) systems, “cannot be properly traced, and lack pertinent information that would be essential to track state funding requests,” reads a recent report from Government Accountability Office (GAO).

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In other words, billions of taxpayers dollars, that are being spent to improve the efficacity of information technology of our Medicaid system and the ability to enhance communication between states, are being siphoned in untraceable projects and not working properly.

Money Spent by States and Reimbursed by CMS from 2008–2018 for Medicaid Management Information Systems (MMIS) and Eligibility and Enrollment (E&E) Systems (Source: GAO-20-179)
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GAO reports that in one example, “in two states that had contractors struggling to deliver successful projects, state officials said they had not received recommendations or technical assistance from CMS. The states eventually terminated the projects after spending a combined $38.5 million in federal funds.”

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