$356M Lost With Sloppy Special Education Accounting

Hundreds of millions of dollars of your money has been lost in the past three years, due to poor documentation and a failure to apply for Medicaid reimbursement the Daily News reported:

City public schools lost $356 million during the past three years in federal Medicaid payments for special education services because city and state officials failed to properly apply for reimbursement, the Daily News has learned.

“Red tape and bureaucracy should not stand in the way of (the city) being reimbursed for the vast array of services provided,” city Controller Scott Stringer said in a report obtained by The News.

As a result, between 2012 and this year, the city Department of Education kept shifting funds originally slated for books, supplies and other general costs to pay for those special education services, Stringer said.

And unless officials reform their practices quickly, the school system will miss out on another $310 million from Medicaid over the next four years — for an astonishing total loss of $666 million.

“That’s just unacceptable,” Stringer said. “There’s no excuse for leaving so much money on the table.”

Read more at: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/exclusive-school-officials-lose-356m-special-education-funds-article-1.1912801

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