HB 985 Requires the Department of Social Services to contract with a third party to verify eligibility data for public assistance programs

Current Bill Summary

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HB 985 - This act requires the Department of Social Services, by January 1, 2016, to contract with a private vendor to verify that eligibility requirements are being met by recipients of public assistance, including supplemental nutrition assistance program; temporary assistance for needy families: women, infants, and children supplemental nutrition program; child care assistance; and MO HealthNet. The Department will retain final determination of eligibility. The Department and the contractor are required to file an annual report with the Governor and the General Assembly regarding the eligibility data.

This act is identical to provisions in SCS/HCS/HB 796 (2015), HCS/SCS/SB 35 (2015), HCS/SCS/SB 322 (2015); substantially similar to provisions in HCS/SCS/SB 38 (2015); and similar to provisions in SB 151 (2015).

SARAH HASKINS


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