The state of Missouri has ramped up its efforts to verify Medicaid eligibility over the past year, which has led to a surge in people losing coverage.
In Missouri and neighboring Tennessee, tens of thousands of enrollees have been dropped. Missouri experienced about a 7 percent dip in its Medicaid rolls last year, a steeper decline than in most other states.
Children have been the hardest hit by the crackdown, state data shows.
State officials cite the improved economy as one reason the state has experienced a drop in coverage. But advocates for the poor say the state’s efforts have contributed to the decline.
The rise in vetting has led former Medicaid recipients to have to fight to get back on the program. On some occasions, Missourians have been blindsided by the drop in coverage and had to spend several weeks attempting to get a response from state officials.
Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch.