Biden announces initiative to cut Medicaid waste

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Posted: Sep 14, 2011 12:22 PM
Biden announces initiative to cut Medicaid waste

Vice President Joe Biden has a new initiative to fight waste in Medicaid that he says should save taxpayers $2 billion.

The program would help states find and recover improper payments made to health care providers under Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for the poor.

Biden convened a Cabinet meeting Wednesday to discuss that initiative and others aimed at reducing waste at federal agencies, including a new effort that would seek to limit improper unemployment insurance payments.

Biden says that in some cases dead people are getting unemployment insurance.

The Health and Human Services department says taxpayers will save an estimated $2.1 billion over five years under the new Medicaid audit program, and $900 million will be returned to states.