Medicaid eligibility verification bill awaits Nixon’s decision

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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