HARTFORD-COMMISSIONED AUDIT ESTIMATED TO SAVE $492,000, FINDS HIGH COMPLIANCE WITH HEALTHCARE ELIGBILITY RULES

HARTFORD-COMMISSIONED AUDIT ESTIMATED TO SAVE $492,000, FINDS HIGH COMPLIANCE WITH HEALTHCARE ELIGBILITY RULES

HARTFORD, CONN (March 8, 2019) – Today the City of Hartford released a report from the City’s Internal Audit Commission regarding city employees’ compliance with healthcare dependent eligibility rules.  The Internal Audit Commission’s report, available here, was based on an independent assessment commissioned by the City of Hartford in 2018, conducted by Secova, Inc.  Secova estimated that the City will save approximately $492,000 as a result of the audit.  The Independent Audit Commission report stated that, “[o]f the six Secova government audits listed for benchmark comparison purposes, the highest ineligibility rate was 16.4% and the lowest was the City of Hartford at 3.1%.”

“City employees and their families deserve good healthcare benefits as they do the vital work of serving our community, and we as a city have a responsibility to make sure that taxpayers are only paying what they should be paying,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “We ordered this audit last year as part of our ongoing efforts to protect taxpayer dollars in every way we can, and the fact that Hartford had the lowest rate of potential fraud out of six comparable cases is a sign that our employees take their responsibilities as public servants seriously.”

The Independent Audit Commission found that eight divorced spouses of current or retired City employees incurred healthcare claims totaling approximately $237,000, with a single retiree’s ex-spouse responsible for approximately $208,000 of that total.  There were eleven other spouses for whom the Independent Audit Commission was “not able to locate a divorce record,” and the Commission referred those individuals to the Hartford Police Department for potential investigation.  Overall, nineteen employees and their dependents were referred to the Hartford Police Department for further investigation.

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