LePage Considering Requirement That All DHHS Managers Be Able to Do Long Division

AUGUSTA, Maine — Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew faced grilling from lawmakers Friday over erroneous Medicaid payments as the administration prepared to shake up her department. Mayhew told the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee that she should have alerted them sooner to a computing problem that led the state’s Medicaid program, known as MaineCare, to continue paying medical bills for up to 19,000 beneficiaries after they became ineligible for the program. “In retrospect, when I was made aware of the concern and issue pertaining to eligibility, I should have brought it to your attention,” Mayhew said. Mayhew said she was told about the eligibility problems in late January but the scope of the problem wasn’t clear until she was briefed on its potential impact last week.  (read more at the Bangor Daily News)