Mass. discovers abuse of free health care pool

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Posted: Mar 29, 2011 9:25 AM
Mass. discovers abuse of free health care pool

The Massachusetts Inspector General says a program that pays for medical care for uninsured residents is spending millions of dollars on bogus claims like foot X-rays for headaches and gynecological bills for men.

Inspector General Gregory Sullivan tells the Boston Herald the state's Uncompensated Care Pool spent $414 million on emergency health care for nearly 1 million claims in 2009.

That included $7 million for ineligible patients, such as nonresidents; $18 million for "medically unlikely" or "medically unnecessary" claims, such the X-rays and gynecological exams; and $6 million in duplicate claims.

The Health and Human Services Department says it is reviewing the report and working to eliminate waste.

The pool was established in 2006 by former Gov. Mitt Romney's health care reform law.


Information from: Boston Herald,