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Pennsylvania returns $49M in aid for Medicaid, assistance

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 17, 2015 3:47 PM
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(Philadelphia) -- Pennsylvania officials will pay nearly $49 million to settle claims they gave public assistance to people who were not eligible for the programs.

Federal officials say the state improperly gave Medicaid benefits, food stamps and temporary assistance to ineligible recipients.

Program rules require non-citizens to meet have lived in the country for more than five years and meet low-income criteria. Federal authorities believe some nonetheless received benefits.

U.S. Attorney Peter Smith says his staff has negotiated with state officials to be sure the settlement is fair and reasonable.

The state does not admit any wrongdoing as part of the agreement.

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