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Audit of state Medicaid program raises concerns

MADISON (AP) -

An audit of Wisconsin's $7.5 billion Medicaid program says that oversight of vendors used to administer the various programs as well as monitoring of contracts could be improved.

The report by the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau was released Tuesday.

The audit says the Department of Health Services has not always considered its available spending authority when making contract decisions and not all of its expenditures are included as part of its budget.

The audit says the state's budgeting and financial management practices have not kept pace with the growth in the size and complexity of the Medicaid program.

The audit comes as Gov. Scott Walker's administration is planning to cut more than half a billion dollars from Medicaid that is expected to result in 65,000 people losing coverage.

 

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