Analysis: Top Louisiana auditor digs into Medicaid spending

Louisiana’s chief auditor has locked his sights on Medicaid, bolstering his office’s review of the billions of dollars spent by the health program and rolling out report after report identifying problems with oversight of that spending.

Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera doesn’t like what his staff has found as it combs through reams of Medicaid data. He says the more than $12 billion annual program “is being run kind of willy-nilly, loosey-goosey” without tightened controls by the Louisiana Department of Health.

“I think they struggle with trying to run the program properly. It’s a big program, it’s a complex program and it’s got a lot of moving parts. And it’s pretty broken right now,” Purpera said in an interview…


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