AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew says her department’s discovered tens of millions of dollars in larger-than-budgeted payments for social service programs, and corrective steps are being taken.
Mayhew says a $66 million overpayment to Maine hospitals resulted from changes in the claims processing system. The state is on pace to overpay the hospitals by $119 million by June 30. Mayhew says future payments to hospitals will be adjusted.
MaineCare providers have been getting $10 million a week more than they were six weeks ago. Mayhew said analysts are trying to determine why. If the trend continues, it could add up to $30 million by June 30.
Finally, the state must reimburse the federal government $30 million after ruling that certain Medicaid expenses were not allowed.