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DHHS Budget Deficit 2012

A Review of Budgeting Practices and Recent Deficits at the Department of Health and Human Services
June 2012


The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) administers the state’s Medicaid program.

Medicaid is a government health insurance program for categories of persons without insurance who have limited incomes or a combination of limited incomes and assets.

Among the clients served by DHHS are children under age 19, adults living with and responsible for the care of children under 18, pregnant women, persons with disabilities, and the elderly for services and premiums not covered by Medicare.

The General Assembly and the Department of Health and Human Services requested that the Legislative Audit Council review budgeting and related issues at the department.

In FY 10-11, DHHS spent approximately $5.9 billion, including 23% in state funds and 77% in federal matching funds.

The current management team of the agency was constituted in early 2011.