BEND, OR -- Bend State Representative and Republican gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler continues to call on Governor Kate Brown to launch an independent investigation into overpayments made to Coordinated Care Organizations.
Leaders of the Oregon Health Authority have admitted the agency incorrectly paid out health benefits totaling tens of millions of dollars over the last several years. Buehler blames Brown for not catching the mistake sooner, "She has been responsible for this, I would say, more than any other single Salem politician because she was Secretary of State who had that audit authority," he told KBND host Lars Larson, this week, "And now it took Secretary of State Richardson getting into office to actually use it; and that’s a problem."
Buehler Asks Brown To Investigate OHA
OHA officials recently admitted the agency incorrectly paid Medicaid benefits for over 47,000 people. "OK, $74 million to $100 million was overpaid," said Buehler. "Some of it was already given back to the federal government; who made that decision and why wasn’t the rest of it paid back to the federal government? So, there are a lot of open questions here. But the bottom line is, there’s been negligence in overpaying and clearly concealing, from the Brown Administration, the fact that the overpayments occurred." He added, "Who made the call? Who covered it up, if there was a cover up? And where was the wrongdoing? And, when you get through that, if there is money that rightfully was overpaid, it needs to come back to the taxpayer of Oregon and be used for other causes."