Legislature Considers Auditing Welfare Recipients

A joint House-Senate committee filed the latest version of House Bill 1116 Monday. It would have an outside company build an electronic records system for Medicaid. Officials would periodically verify recipients’ financial information and residency to determine whether they’re still eligible for aid.

A discrepancy would result in someone losing aid indefinitely if that person doesn’t respond to auditors in writing within 10 days.

The bill also says Mississippi’s food stamp and welfare programs can’t be any more generous than required by federal law.

WTOK
4/19/16