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Senators refuse tax review of Louisiana Medicaid recipients

By MELINDA DESLATTE
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana senators shelved a proposal to let the state's legislative auditor use state income tax returns to check people's eligibility in the Medicaid program.

The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee voted 6-3 Tuesday against the House-backed measure by Rep. Tony Bacala, appearing to kill it for session.

Democrats opposed the bill, while Republicans backed it.

Bacala, a Prairieville Republican, described the bill as a way to combat Medicaid fraud and make sure money is spent wisely in a multibillion-dollar program.

Democratic senators said the proposal appears to target the poor.

Sen. Troy Carter, a New Orleans Democrat, says existing audit programs already allow review of Medicaid eligibility and he considered the measure a duplication of efforts. He says the state can't afford that.

House Bill 480: www.legis.la.gov

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