Governor Pete Ricketts and Lt. Governor Mike Foley admitted this week that problems still exist at the Department of Health and
Human Services after state auditors found more than $13 million in uncashed checks piling up at the department.
Ricketts told KNEB News he welcomes the audits and corrections are being made to make sure checks coming in to the agency are processed. Ricketts says they are brining in temporary staff to process the uncashed checks, while noting they have been doing a better job of getting the rebate checks sent to them.
Foleytold KNEB Newsit will take time to get all the problems addressed at DHHS, while noting it is important because DHHS is the largest agency and deals with more money than any other state agency, much of involving the state’s most vulnerable people.
The 192 checks were all related to the Medicaid drug rebate program. Officials say a retired accountant and one on medical leave were the only ones with the agency familiar with the drug rebate program, resulting in the uncashed checks.