PHOENIX – State auditors say Arizona’s Medicaid program gets it right
nearly all of the time when determining whether people applying for
government-paid health care are eligible.
The Auditor General’s Office estimates that the Arizona Health Cost Containment
System’s error rate is just over 1 percent.
The office says means the program pays between $3.5 million and $4.8 million a
month for eligible people, out of the program’s monthly payments of $414
Program Director Thomas Betlach (bet-lack) says the error rate is
“commendable” considering that the program’s member services division has lost
two-fifths of its staffing since the recession began while enrollments jumped by
But Betlach says the program will abide by the auditors’ recommendation for
Steps would include additional training for case workers and more supervision.