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The objective of our review was to determine whether the
Missouri Department of Social Services (the State agency) made payments on behalf of beneficiaries who should not
have been Medicaid-eligible due to their eligibility in Kansas. For the period
of July 1, 2005, through June 30, 2006, we estimate that the State agency paid
$82,602 ($50,994 Federal share) on behalf of beneficiaries who should not have
been eligible due to their Medicaid eligibility in Kansas. We attribute the
Medicaid payments made on behalf of beneficiaries who were not eligible in
Missouri to the insufficient sharing of eligibility data between the State
agency and Kansasís Medicaid agency.
We recommend that the State agency work with the Kansas Medicaid agency to share available Medicaid eligibility information for use in (1) determining accurate beneficiary eligibility status and (2) reducing the amount of payments, estimated to be $82,602 ($50,994 Federal share), made on behalf of beneficiaries residing in Kansas. The State agency concurred with our first recommendation but not our second recommendation.