Mississippi would hire a contractor to audit Medicaid, welfare, and food stamp recipients to make sure they’re not cheating the programs under a bill passing legislature.
House Bill 1090 was held for more debate after passing the Senate Wednesday, but is likely headed to Governor Phil Bryant for his approval or veto. It authorizes the state’s Medicaid division to hire a private contractor to verify recipients’ eligibility. It will verify recipient’s in-state residence, identities and income levels. It also requires non-disabled recipients to be working and tracks where recipients spend money.
Democrats argue that the bill is being pushed by a profit-seeking private contractor. Several Democrats noted that sponsors have no numbers estimating the amount of fraud. Republicans maintain that the bill will reduce government spending.