State to start anti-Medicaid fraud verification without fed approval

Although federal officials haven't yet signed off on the plan, Illinois plans to enact new anti-fraud Medicaid measures to start in March, American Medical News reported. The state will enact stricter residency verification, in which the state will match Medicaid enrollees' addresses with the state's directory of driving records to ensure that the Medicaid assistance is only going to state residents. Federal medical officials, however, say the unsanctioned plan requiring residents to show additional proof of residency and income to confirm their status could violate federal requirements. The Illinois Healthcare and Family Services Department said that the changes are not violations. State officials hope the federal government will approve the anti-fraud plan to ensure that those served truly are entitled to the benefits. Article

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