During his tenure in the Governor’s office, outgoing Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker frequently touted the work his Administration did to combat waste and fraud in state government. Walker bragged that in 2017, state inspectors found $150 million in Medicaid fraud and overpayments. That sounds impressive, until you realize that $150 million is less than 2% of the state’s nine billion dollar Medicaid budget. Not only that but, many health service providers targeted by the Walker Administration for fraud say that, in fact, they’ve done little or nothing wrong. Dee Hall, Managing Editor for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism joins us now by telephone, with more on the story.
As part of Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism’s Broken Whistle series, Dee Hall and Helu Wang report:
Critics call Wisconsin’s Medicaid fraud crackdown ‘bullying’