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Recent Audit Shows Medicaid Abuses

A recent audit shows the state needs to do more to track abuses of the Medicaid prescription drug program. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

A recent audit shows the state could save money by cracking down on abuses in the Medicaid prescription drug program.

State Auditor Claire McCaskill says this audit is a follow-up to a 2002 audit.

McCaskill says the most recent audit shows there are now some checks in place to make it more difficult for people to abuse the Medicaid prescription drug program.

McCaskill says even with some improvements, the audit found that some people have found a way to continue to abuse the system.

McCaskill says officials with the Division of Medical Services, which is part of the state Department of Social Services have responded to the audit by saying they'll act more quickly in cases involving potential abuse.

McCaskill says the department needs to do more to make sure people aren't manipulating the system.

McCaskill says she believes the state could save money by eliminating Medicaid abuses like those her audit found.

She says by finding ways to save money, it would eliminate the need to cut people from the Medicaid program.

The legislature approved and the governor signed Medicaid cuts this past legislative session