Mary Mayhew Making That ‘Math Is Hard’ Hand Gesture Again.

AUGUSTA, Maine — As officials work to nail down how much a Medicaid computer error will cost the state, the problem’s potential scope has widened. The Department of Health and Human Services originally estimated that the error led the state’s Medicaid program, known as MaineCare, to continue paying medical bills for up to 19,000 beneficiaries after they lost eligibility through the end of last year. A March 30 report by a working group looking into the bad payments refers to an additional 5,300 people who mistakenly received coverage from Jan. 2 to March 10 of this year. The computer system that pays MaineCare claims doesn’t communicate properly with a separate system that tracks eligibility, according to DHHS officials. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)