Sen. Kennedy (R-La.) Demands Further Investigation After Scathing Audit Reveals DHH’s Sloppy Oversight of Medicaid Program
Jul 03 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) today called for a thorough investigation into whether taxpayer dollars were wasted because of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals’ sloppy oversight of the Medicaid program. A recent audit by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office determined that it’s impossible for DHH to know whether millions of dollars in taxpayer money were improperly spent.
“Louisiana’s chief auditor, who is nonpartisan and calls it like he sees it, described DHH’s management of the Medicaid program as completely willy-nilly. It’s embarrassing,” said Sen. Kennedy. “Medicaid consumes nearly half the state budget. I don’t think it’s a matter of whether taxpayer dollars were wasted, it’s a matter of how many were wasted because of DHH’s incompetence. Someone – preferably not DHH – needs to account for every single penny and demand repayment of any that was misspent.”