Tampa Bay Online
February 21, 2013

If there was any doubt the state’s Medicaid billing system is badly flawed and a threat to local taxpayers, the proof was the $373 million “bill” Florida counties got last year.

Pressed for a review by stunned county officials and their lobbyists, who have complained about the poor system for years and repeatedly pointed out common errors, state officials discovered that counties were, indeed, overbilled by about $200 million, and certain corrections were made.

But that doesn’t end the dispute over a flawed system that is unfair to counties and overcharges local taxpayers.

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