Politics & Government

6,200 kicked from health plan after audit

Seattle - Some 6,200 people have been kicked off Washington's health plan for public workers, dependents and retirees following an audit.

The Seattle Times reports that the Public Employees Benefits Board conducted its first-ever large-scale self audit and found that many people receiving benefits no longer deserved them. They included former spouses of public employees, people who had moved out of state and children too old to be covered.

The agency says that removing benefits from the 6,200 should save about $20 million in health costs they would have incurred next year.