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Auditor General’s report shows $3.9 billion in UIA overpayments

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Auditor General’s report shows $3.9 billion in UIA overpayments

The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency—or U-I-A—has overpaid pandemic-related claims by nearly 4-billion-dollars according to an audit released today.

The state Auditor General’s report shows U-I-A leadership was aware of the risk for overpayment as early as April of last year. The report found the state paid claims to over 347-thousand people who were later deemed ineligible.

Republican state Representative Steve Johnson chairs the House Oversight Committee. He says he plans to hold hearings on a bill package dealing with the agency in early December.

“This is something that needs to be fixed and the legislature is committed to try and do everything we can to reign in this agency and make sure that the people of Michigan are served properly.” :10

The new U-I-A director says her agency’s work helped support millions of Michiganders during the pandemic and that it’s making changes based on the report.