New York State’s Medicaid program overpaid providers $11.4 million, largely because providers overstated the amounts of Medicare co-insurance charges and incorrect rate changes.

This according to two audits of the Department of Health released by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

The state has recovered $3.8 million of these over payments. DiNapoli says year after year his auditors identify the same types of Medicaid errors due to weak controls, and as a result, New York taxpayers pay millions more than they should.

DiNapoli’s auditors determined that Medicaid overpaid more than 210,000 claims by more than $7 million, primarily because providers incorrectly reported the amounts of Medicare co-insurance charges.