The state of Missouri recovered more than $47 million in fraudulent claims made by Medicaid providers in 2013.
That's about an average year for Attorney General Chris Koster's Medicaid Fraud Unit. The office has recovered as much as $100 million, and as little as $20 million, in a year.
Koster, a Democrat, says those wide variations are triggered by how much money Missouri receives from national settlements. But even though more national settlements means more money for the state's coffers, he says the fraud that concerns him the most is conducted by the smaller providers.
Following years of dead-end jobs in the fast-food industry, Hollee Brooks decided to trade her restaurant uniform for scrubs, and train to become a medical technician. If she makes it through nine months of training and gets state certification and some experience, she'll earn considerably higher wages and enjoy employment benefits that usually elude those who flip hamburgers for a living.
State authorities and medical professionals are warning the public to beware of con artists seeking to take advantage of the opening of Missouri’s federally-run health care exchange next week.
Dave Dillon with the Missouri Hospital Association says scammers posing as government or health care workers may try to steal people’s identities or get their banking information while pretending to provide their victims with heath insurance.
Sign-up for major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, begins October 1st.
With less than three months before marketplace exchanges for health insurance go online, many questions remain about who is eligible, what the requirements are and what kind of penalties people and businesses may face if they or their employees continue to be uninsured come January 2014.
This story will be updated. Corrected at 12:30 p.m. to reflect when the vote was taken.
Employees of the University of Missouri system will now be able to include their same-sex partner on their medical, dental and retirement plans.
The system's Board of Curators approved the benefit changes yesterday, the conclusion of an effort that began in 2011. A couple would have to be living together for at least a year in order to be eligible.