State takes its case to a federal appeals court
State officials have confirmed plans to ask an appellate court to overturn a federal judge's order that says Louisiana owed the federal government $239.5 million for Medicaid overpayments between 1996 and 2007.
Officials with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals contend in court filings that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services should have forgiven that debt. The Advocate reports that state officials say they repaid the $239.5 million a year ago, but want it back with interest.
Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson, of Baton Rouge, last month agreed with federal attorneys' position that the money should not go back to the state.
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