Actions Needed to Mitigate Medicaid Improper Payments and Program Integrity Risks

The Medicaid program helped provide health care to an estimated 73 million individuals in fiscal 2017 at a cost of about $596 billion. A report from the Government Accountability Office [GAO] focuses on the major risks to the integrity of Medicaid. Efforts needed to strengthen oversight include: expansion of a national Medicaid data system that will allow comparisons across states, a national anti-fraud strategy, and greater collaboration between state and federal auditors.

The report can be obtained at