Gov. Jay Nixon has until Friday to take action on bills the legislature passed this year, or they will automatically become law next month. One of those is a bill that would hire a company to verify if those on Medicaid are actually eligible to receive benefits.
Nixon has withheld more than $115 million from the current fiscal year’s budget, citing slower-than-expected state revenue. Bill sponsor David Sater, R-Cassville, says that makes his bill even more important, although some argue that the Department of Social Services should check for eligibility, not a third party.
Per Sater’s bill, the third-party company would flag those it thinks aren’t eligible, but the Department of Social Services would make the final decision.
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