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Audit Finds Illinois Overcharging for Long-Term Care

An audit says Illinois could be overcharging thousands of nursing home residents who rely on Medicaid to pay long-term care expenses. A report by the Auditor General shows that one patient was overcharged $9,204. The nursing home report says the state’s Healthcare and Family Services and Human Services departments are automatically applying increases in Social Security benefits to care; federal law allows patients to give the money to spouses still living at home. The program spans at least 57,000 residents at 750 nursing homes. The agencies contended they are updating computer programs, and that no actual clients have been affected. To read more about the nursing home misspending, please click the link.