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Wed February 5, 2014
Missouri cites problems with feds' Medicaid referrals
Missouri has received the names of more than 25,000 people determined to be potentially eligible for Medicaid through the federal government's online insurance marketplace.
But none of those people have been added to Missouri's Medicaid program yet.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the data from the federal government is not in a format that can easily be used by Missouri's Medicaid officials.
Brian Kinkade, Missouri's acting director of the Department of Social Services, says the data contains duplications and missing information. Agency staff says some of the children flagged by the federal government's health insurance exchange already are enrolled in Medicaid and some of their parents earn too much to qualify.
Missouri's Medicaid enrollment has actually declined since the online insurance site launched in October.