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Quinn: Tighter controls after Medicaid paid $12M for Illinois dead

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The state of Illinois is trying to recoup roughly $12 million its Medicaid program paid in medical services for dead recipients.

Governor Pat Quinn spoke with reporters Saturday about the mistake.

"I wasn't happy to see that," he announced. "Matter of fact, we have to put in even tighter controls, but we're going to recoup every single dollar."

A review revealed the errors made by the Illinois Medicaid program. An estimated $12 million was being paid for patients who had already passed away.

The Associated Press obtained an internal state government memo. It revealed that auditors found overpayments for services given to nearly 2,900 people 'after' their deaths.

Governor Qui,nn who spoke at an event in Chicago earlier Saturday, said in most cases insurance companies were to blame for the improper billing.

The memo is reported as stating that more than $7 million has been recovered and the rest will be by the end of the year.

"We've already recouped a great deal of the money," Quinn said. "We intend to get every single penny. We also want to make sure that we have strong controls."

In what's already being billed as one of the most highly contested governor races, Republican Bruce Rauner's spokesman had this to say about the mistake: "This is another troubling sign pointing towards Pat Quinn's inability to run state government and deserves more investigation."

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