Tombs are seen at dusk in Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

For a year and a half, Louisiana paid to provide care for almost 2,000 Medicaid recipients who were already dead.

The Department of Health and Hospitals gave out approximately $1.9 million to provide health coverage for around 1,700 deceased people enrolled in the Medicaid programs called Louisiana Behavioral Health Partnership and Bayou Health. The irregular payments occurred from February 2012 to June 2013, according to a report released by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor today. 

Two private insurers, LaCare and Louisiana Healthcare Connections, Inc., billed over $500,000 each to care for people no longer alive. Amerigroup Louisiana, Inc. and Magellan Health Services came in at $441,000 and $258,000 respectively.

Read the full story, by Julia O’Donoghue, of and the Times Picayune, here.