Published: Jul 27, 2011 6:05 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 27, 2011 5:06 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - Four private health insurers who wrongly claimed they spent millions on patient care in the state's children's health care program also provided coverage to patients in Florida's controversial Medicaid privatization program.
    
AmeriGroup Florida, Inc., Vista Health Plan, United Healthcare and WellCare were required to spend at least 85 percent on medical services in an effort to ensure for-profit companies are spending the state funds on patient care.
    
If an insurer spends less, it must refund 50 percent of the shortfall to the state. Florida should have received $3.1 million in refunds between 2003 and 2007.
    
The Associated Press obtained the insurers' names as part of a public records request. The insurers declined comment.
    
The investigation comes as Florida is poised to expand a five-county Medicaid program statewide.

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