Proos: New audit points to waste in Medicaid spending

LANSING—Sen. John Proos pointed to a scathing audit by the state auditor general office as an example of the waste of taxpayer dollars. The report released on Tuesday estimated Michigan’s Medicaid Home Help Program improperly spent $160 million from 2010 to 2013.

“Michigan owes it to its residents to be efficient and effective with their tax dollars, and this is yet another instance of government wasteful spending,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “This is an example of $160 million that could have been invested in priorities. We must seriously look at how we are spending our current tax dollars, identify savings like this audit did and then put those savings to use for fixing our roads or teaching our children.”

The Michigan departments of community health and human services jointly run the Medicaid Home Help Program consisting of workers, who are often family members, providing in-home assistance to Medicaid recipients, like helping the resident get dressed or make meals.

The auditor general reported that the departments paid in-home care providers $160 million from October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2013 without getting proper documentation or ensuring the patients received the care. The figure is 18 percent of its total expenditures during that time.

“The auditor general’s report could not be more timely,” Proos said. “We have done much to improve the efficiency of government, yet this audit illustrates that we still have work to do.”


Editor’s Note: Audio comments by Proos will be available later on the senator’s website at Click on “Audio” under the Media Center tab.