People from Georgia are robbing the taxpayers of Tennessee by taking TennCare benefits to which, legally, they are not entitled.
This, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution, which said authorities are investigating 16 people in Georgia for receiving benefits from Tennessee’s Medicaid program.
Those 16 Georgians likely couldn’t get health care coverage in their home state, the paper went on to say.
This is currently the largest number of such cases originating from any state, the paper quoted Tennessee’s Office of the Inspector General as saying.
“The impact’s huge,” Tennessee Inspector General Kim Harmon reportedly said.
“I was just looking at some of our numbers — per person, the average annual cost per enrollee is $4,062 per month. That means that Tennessee taxpayers are funding 30 percent of that.”
TennCare recipients must notify the state if they move, and they must periodically renew their status and state where they live, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution.
But the out-of-state cases of TennCare aren’t just coming out of Georgia.
As The Tennessee Star reported last month, Tennessee officials announced they indicted five Alabama residents on charges of passing themselves off as Tennessee residents so they could qualify for TennCare.
All five people fraudulently reported to Tennessee officials that they and their minor children were state residents so they could qualify for TennCare, according to a press release from the Tennessee Office of Inspector General.
Authorities charged the five people, all from Bridgeport, Ala., with TennCare fraud and theft of services.
As The Star reported in December, authorities arrested and charged a Florida woman with TennCare fraud — for the sixth time.
Also, as The Star reported that month, quoting a state audit, TennCare gave out more than $700,000 to duplicate members and to people who were already dead or incarcerated.
All those recipients were ineligible to receive TennCare money.
Those particular findings covered July 2016 through December 2017.
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