Massachusetts free care pool spent $6 million on duplicate payments

According to the Boston Herald, the Massachusetts Inspector General recently found loopholes in the state's free care pool that led to $6 million being spent on duplicate claims. A claims adjudication company was brought in to conduct the report, which studied nearly a million claims from 2009.

Republican officials, including Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, called for improved measures to prevent duplicate payments.

"We find it extremely troubling to learn there are such lax procedures in place that have allowed so many people to take advantage of the system," Tarr said, as reported by the news source.

Tarr filed three amendments to the 2011 state supplemental budget in an effort to rectify the problems within the system, all of which failed.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick claimed that some of the issues raised were exaggerated, and their severity was not as great as first appeared.

The free care pool was set up in 2006 as a result of then-governor Mitt Romney's health care reform law, according to BusinessWeek.

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